Protecting your business or home from any fire starts with making sure you have the best fire extinguisher in place and ready to use. To some, fire extinguishers are merely a red can that hangs on the wall with no purpose. The truth is they are an essential safety tool that can minimize property damage and save lives. Ninety-four percent of the time fire extinguishers are used, fires are successfully extinguished in less than two minutes.
Why You Need a Fire Extinguisher
Not only are businesses required to have and properly maintain a fire extinguisher, but it can also be the difference between putting a fire out successfully and experiencing a full property loss.
Not every fire extinguisher is built with the same quality or benefits even if they look the same. It’s important to research the brand reputation, replacement parts costs, ratings and longevity of the unit. There are five different types of fire and we can help sort through the variety of fire extinguishers to ensure you are properly protected. Proper placement and installation adds to your overall safety and compliance with NFPA and OSHA guidelines.
Types of Fire Extinguishers
- ABC Dry Chemical: The most popular fire extinguisher agent is ABC multipurpose dry chemical. This agent can be safely used on Types A, B, and C fires.
- BC Dry Chemical: This agent can be safely used on Types B and C fires and is more easily cleaned up. Specialized Industrial and applications with exposure to aircraft often require this type of chemical.
- Purple K Dry Chemical (PK):This agent can be safely used on Types B and C fires and is ideal for flammable liquid fires.
- Dry Powder: Type D fires that occur from combustible metals require this type of agent. There are two types of Class D agents for different applications.
- Carbon Dioxide (Co2): This can be safely used on Class B and C fires and is often used in industrial applications such as electrical components and motors with no powder or residue left behind.
- Water These extinguishers are for Type A fires only and can be used in paper and wood storage areas.
- Foam: Type A or A:B protection is provided by this type unit. Alcohol resistant foam is a necessity for protection against polar solvents and ethanol fuels.
- Water Mist: Primarily for Type A fires, but can also be used to manage Type C fires. This combination rating is often helpful in unique manufacturing applications.
- Clean Agent: Depending on the size of the unit A, B and C coverage is achievable. These agents are ideal for server rooms, museums and other sensitive areas.
- Wet Chemical (Class K):Commercial cooking applications are required to have this type fire extinguisher to work in conjunction with the fire suppression system.
Westminster Fire Extinguisher Services
The experienced staff at Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service helps businesses just like yours understand their fire risks. With more than 40 years of commitment to Pennsylvania and Maryland businesses, you can be confident in our advice and guidance on fire safety.