Every fire extinguisher has different uses, we’re going to discuss what type of fire extinguisher you should use for your company.
Over the last few decades, it has become more apparent that workplaces require several different types of fire extinguishers rather than the standard Class ABC extinguisher. The only problem is that not all companies have an understanding of fire safety and therefore, don’t know about the different types of fire extinguishers and which ones they need to have on-site. In this article, we’ll be going through each of the different fire extinguishers, explaining what they are used for, and how to decide which ones you need for your company.
The Types of Fire Extinguishers
There are 5 main types of fire extinguishers available which, depending on what type of company that you have, you should consider investing in.
Class A. A Class A fire extinguisher is designed for extinguishing fires containing wood, clothes, or paper products.
Class B. With a Class B fire extinguisher, you can put out a fire that has been caused by flammable liquids or gasses – although, certain chemical fires may not be applicable here.
Class C. These types of fire extinguishers are used for putting out electrical fires (it’s very important that you have a Class C extinguisher as no other extinguisher can be used for electrical fires).
Class D. This type of fire extinguisher is less common as it is used for putting out any fires that contain flammable metals.
Class K. Commonly found in kitchens and mechanics workshops, Class K fire extinguishers are designed to be used on fires caused by oils or grease.
Class ABC. This is a common type of fire extinguisher which is purchased as it can be used to extinguish a variation of different fires, thus, it is considered by most as the “standard” fire extinguisher. It is a combination of Class A, Class B, and Class C – suitable for extinguishing wood, paper, material, gases, or electrical fires.
Assess Your Company
Which fire extinguishers you should purchase for your company depends on a lot of different factors and while you might feel inclined to buy one of each, you could save yourself some money by simply assessing your company.
Out of the fire extinguishers above, the general extinguishers that all companies have are Class A, B, and C (often combined as a Class ABC extinguisher). This is simply because most companies have paper products, electrical appliances, and a gas heating system. However, if your company uses any chemicals, oils, grease, or any sort of other flammable liquids, you may want to consider buying a Class D or Class F fire extinguisher.
Depending on what types of extinguishers you decide to buy, you should also buy multiples of them as a precaution in the event that your employees aren’t able to reach one of the extinguishers when a fire breaks out.
It’s also worth noting that every few months (the specific frequency depends on your country or state) you must have your fire extinguishers serviced to ensure that they’re functioning properly and that they aren’t outdated or faulty.
When you don’t have the appropriate fire extinguisher nearby when a fire breaks out, there is virtually nothing that you can do to put it out. It’s a sad reality, but it’s the truth. At least twice a year, you should have your company checked by a fire marshal to ensure that you’re in accordance with all fire safety procedures, that all of your fire extinguishers are working fine, and that you have the right types. Don’t take the risk; fire extinguishers aren’t a frequent expense but are worth every penny.