Fire Extinguishers have found their way across America and the world being placed in, on or near any thing such as combustible materials, equipment and Throughout facilities, and is your first line of defense, having these ready are a must to do in case of an emergency.
How does it work?
A Fire Extinguisher is a cylinder containing high pressure gas to propel water, chemicals or clean agent through a nozzle or hose directly at the fire, helping to contain smaller fires.
There are many types of fire extinguishers that are used for different classes of fire applications. The most commonly used is the ABC dry chemical, as the ABC stands for the A,B & C classes of fires
Classes of Fires
Fires that are in ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth, plastic, and trash.
Fires that are in flammable liquids such as gasoline, petroleum oil and paint. They are also in flammable gases such as propane and butane.
Fires that involve energized electrical equipment such as motors, transformers, and appliances.
Fires that are in combustible metals such as potassium, sodium, aluminum, and magnesium.
Fires that are in cooking oils and greases such as vegetable fats & animals fats.
Deciding what fire extinguisher to use in your facility is extremely important. Not understanding the proper fire extinguisher for the class of fire could cause the fire to re-ignite.
Inspection Testing and Maintenance
All fire extinguishers are due for annual inspections according to Local, state, national codes and regulations. Maintenance must be provided by a professional who is trained and knowledgeable in the NFPA10 -which is the standard for fire extinguisher inspection testing & maintenance.
Stored Pressure ABC extinguishers require internal maintenance every 6 years and hydrostatic testing every 12 years.
for every fire extinguisher service/Inspection there must be a tag stating what type of service was performed, the date the service was performed on & whom the service was performed by