A fire extinguisher is an essential piece of equipment for any business. It can help you put out a small fire before it becomes a significant disaster. But how do you know what size fire extinguisher to buy? This blog post will discuss the different factors that you need to consider when sizing your fire extinguisher.
This section explains the different classes and the kinds of fires they’re suitable for:
You can measure the capacity of a fire extinguisher in gallons. A “Class A” fire involves combustibles, such as an office or factory. The rating determines how much water it can put out. For Class A fires, the rating is measured in integers from 1 to 40. Class B fires are measured in integers from 1 to 640. The higher the values, the larger the fire that can be put out.
The Class A Size ratings on the extinguishers tell us how much water the extinguishing agent in the canister is equivalent to, which usually ranges from 1 to 40. The equivalent of 1 and 1/4 gallons of water gets a 1A rating, while a 2A rating implies that the extinguishing substance involves 2 and 3/4 gallons of water; and so on.
On the other hand, Class B ratings tell us how big an area the fire extinguisher may cover, ranging from 1 to 160 square feet. A 20B rating indicates that you can extinguish a fire with up to 20 square feet of surface area, while a 100B rating suggests the capability of extinguishing a fire covering 100 square feet; and so on.
Do you have a modest-sized room with minimal combustible materials or a central warehouse or business location where the fuel load is more significant, and a fire has more area to spread? The difference between a 5-lb extinguisher and a 30-lb extinguisher depends on the room size and fuel load.
A large, high-capacity fire extinguisher is useless unless your staff is physically capable of lifting and operating it. If your extinguisher is too heavy or bulky, depending on the abilities of the average employee, you could be creating a hazardous situation. Most non-disabled individuals will probably have no trouble utilizing a 5-pound fire extinguisher as a general rule. However, using anything heavier than 5 pounds may become more complex for some people.
When purchasing a fire extinguisher for your home, business, apartment, restaurant, warehouse, or other location, it’s essential to think about the size of the unit. There are numerous variables to consider in each scenario, and we hope this post assists you in making your selections.
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While many people may not know everything about fire safety, they can almost certainly recognize one essential piece of equipment: the fire extinguisher. Indeed, this red fire-fighting device is often the first line of defense against small fires in many homes and businesses. However, it’s only going to be effective if you know how to use it properly.
While you can take a course in fire safety if you really want to get comfortable with a fire extinguisher, it’s not necessary. The next time you go to use a fire extinguisher, all you need to remember is PASS: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep. Let’s learn more about the PASS method and other fire safety basics below.
Before you use an extinguisher, you need to make sure you have the right one for the type of fire. The following are the different classes of fires and extinguishers.
Look for one of these classifications on the label of a fire extinguisher to determine if it’s appropriate for the job.
The PASS method is an easy way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher in an emergency. After verifying that you’re using the correct extinguisher for the type of fire, follow these steps:
The first thing you need to do is pull out the pin that prevents you from pressing the handle on the fire extinguisher. This is a safety feature that helps ensure the extinguisher won’t accidentally go off in someone’s hands.
Look for the pin near the top of the extinguisher. After you locate it, just pull it out to unlock the handle.
Standing from a safe distance, aim the nozzle low, toward the base of the fire.
Once the nozzle is pointing in the right direction, squeeze the handle. Try and squeeze it slowly and evenly for best results. Then, to stop the stream, simply release the handle.
While squeezing, sweep the nozzle of the extinguisher from side-to-side. Make sure you’re always pointing toward the base of the flames as you sweep the area.
Though the steps are fairly basic, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) doesn’t believe that children shouldn’t use portable fire extinguishers. This is due to many reasons, such as:
If an adult is around, they should always be the one to operate a fire extinguisher. Children should be taught to leave the situation as soon as possible.
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If you ask someone where to find a fire extinguisher in their home or workplace, there’s a good chance they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. However, if you try asking a follow up question about how to use the fire extinguisher, then…well…they may be less helpful.
This isn’t surprising, as many people go their whole lives without ever having to use a fire extinguisher. While it’s great that they haven’t been put in such a dangerous situation, this also means their inexperience with fire extinguishers could work against them in an emergency situation.
If this sounds like you, then you’ve found the right article. Let’s go over the basics of fire extinguishers to help keep you and everyone around you safe in a dangerous situation.
A fire extinguisher isn’t a one size fits all deal – you have to use different ones for different types of fires. There are 5 common classes of fire, including:
A lot of fire extinguishers found in homes and businesses are labelled as Class ABC, so they can be used for multiple types of fires. You can typically find the remaining two types, Classes D and K, in factories and commercial kitchens respectively.
There are various types of fire extinguishers available, but the following are the most common ones.
Portable fire extinguishers tend to be quite effective. In fact, a survey by The National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors reported that they were able to extinguish fires nearly 95% of the time. This may be because they have been designed so that anyone can use them – all you have to remember to do is PASS.
Keep in mind that portable fire extinguishers are only meant for small fires, so they only contain so much of the extinguishing agent. Therefore, you should always have an escape route ready to go in case the extinguisher runs out before the fire does.
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Fire extinguishers are a handy and effective way of dealing with small fires in your home or business. All you have to do is just spray away in the direction of the flames and you’ve changed a potentially disastrous situation into a manageable one.
While that’s great, of course, all that spraying can leave quite a mess! Before you go back to business as usual, you’re going to want to clean up all that residue. And depending on the type of fire extinguisher, some cleaning methods are certainly better than others.
Before you start cleaning up, make sure you know what chemicals are in your fire extinguisher. Check the tag or label for information about the type and class of the agent inside.
If you find that you have a pressurized water or CO2 extinguisher, then you don’t need to worry about cleaning up any chemical residue. Just thoroughly dry the area and it should be fine.
For foam fire extinguishers, first dilute the residue before allowing it to dry. Afterward, you may also consider sanitizing or spot cleaning if there’s any remaining residue.
These are the most common fire extinguishers out there because they can put out class A, B, and C fires. Dry chemical extinguishers typically contain agents such as monoammonium phosphate, potassium bicarbonate, and sodium bicarbonate, which will leave you with a corrosive powder.
These are typically found in commercial kitchens and restaurants, as they are used to put out grease fires.
You’ll often find these in warehouses and factories as they can be used to put out fires involving titanium, magnesium, and other combustible metals.