Which Portable Fire Extinguisher Should I Use?

October 15th, 2014

Portable Fire Extinguisher

When it comes to using a portable fire extinguisher when handling a small, contained fire, it’s important to know which portable fire extinguisher to use. There are a number of different portable fire extinguisher options, but using the wrong type could lead to a more serious fire. Portable fire extinguishers remove one of the three elements of a fire, fuel, oxygen, and heat, in order to extinguish the flame.

Classes of Portable Fire Extinguisher

  • Water- This type of extinguisher removes the “heat” element from the burning surface, extinguishing the flame. A water extinguisher is also known as a Class A extinguisher and can be used for fires involving plastics, papers, wood, rubber, and cloth.
  • CO2- This type of extinguisher removes the oxygen element from the fire to extinguish the burning flame. Also known as a Class B, these extinguishers are to be used with flammable liquids such as solvents, gasoline, oil, grease, certain paints, and lacquers.
  • Dry Chemical- Also known as a Class C extinguisher, this type is meant for electrical fires. This includes small fires within computers, fuse boxes, and wiring.
  • Multipurpose- This type of extinguisher can be used on both A, B, and C fires.
  • Class D- There is several different extinguishers within this class to be used on specific types of metals. These extinguishers are normally found in factories that use metals such as sodium, titanium, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Class K- This type of extinguisher is meant for kitchen fires involving oils and grease.

When to Use your Portable Fire Extinguisher

Each portable fire extinguisher should only be used for its specific type of fire. Class A extinguishers could cause a Class B fire to spread or electrocution in a Class C fire. A Class B extinguisher could fail to completely extinguish a Class A fire, causing the flame to re-ignite later. A fire extinguisher should never be used on a fire that is spreading, or if the substance burning is unknown.

 

Fireline is a leader in the portable fire extinguisher industry. We offer several portable fire extinguishers as well as maintenance and other services regarding portable fire extinguishers. We highly recommend portable fire extinguisher training for all who have a risk of needing to use the device during the job.

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https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/portable_about.html

Why Offer Portable Fire Extinguisher Training?

October 1st, 2014

While working in a warehouse or factory, there are always opportunities for a sudden fire. While many believe that fire safety is second nature for everyone, not all employees may know how to use a fire extinguisher or how to react in the case of a fire. This is why portable fire extinguisher training is important for your warehouse or factory staff. This type of training will give your employees the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe during a fire emergency.

Portable Fire Extinguisher Training

The first piece of knowledge your employees should learn during portable fire extinguisher training is how a fire operates. It is important to know that a fire is composed of four main components. Once one of those components is removed, the fire will no longer be able to burn. These four components are a chemical chain reaction, heat, oxygen, and fuel. The next step in portable fire extinguisher training is to learn the different types of fires, or fire classes. This will help your employees choose the best extinguisher possible. The fire classes are as follows:

  1. A- Typical combustible materials
  2. B- Gases or liquids that are both combustible and flammable
  3. C- Live electrical equipment
  4. D- Metals that are combustible

During portable fire extinguisher training, it is imperative that employees know the questions they should ask themselves before reaching for a portable fire extinguisher. These questions are:

  1. Do I know what is burning?
  2. Is the room filling with smoke quickly?
  3. Is the fire contained to a safe area?
  4. Do I have a safe and clear path to escape?

If an employee is unable to answer any of these questions positively, then they should leave the premise immediately and call emergency personnel.

Fireline is a leader in the portable fire extinguisher industry. We offer several portable fire extinguishers as well as maintenance and other services regarding portable fire extinguishers. We highly recommend portable fire extinguisher training for all who have a risk of needing to use the device during the job.

To get started with Fireline today, call us at 1-800-553-3405, or visit our contact page.

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Source:

http://proofpositiveco.com/blog/benefits-of-portable-fire-extinguisher-training-in-the-warehouse/

What is Sprinkler Corrosion?

September 24th, 2014

Sprinkler Corrosion

Many business owners fail to remember the impact that corrosion can have on the pipes of their sprinkler system. Inspections will allow specialists to identify and correct sprinkler corrosion within your system. If sprinkler corrosion is left alone, it could cause your system to malfunction, leak, or not activate when needed.

There are two types of sprinkler corrosion to be aware of. Oxygen exposure is the most common cause of sprinkler corrosion. Oxygen gas accounts for about 90% of all corrosion cases in sprinkler systems. The other cause of sprinkler corrosion is known as “microbiologically influenced corrosion”. This is caused by the bacteria found within the pipes of your sprinkler system. The bacterium is typically introduced to your system during the installation of the piping for the sprinkler system. MIC is only responsible for about 10% of all corrosion cases in sprinkler systems.

Oxygen corrosion occurs in both dry and wet piping sprinkler systems. Dry piping systems use gas pressure from a compressor in order to function properly. The oxygen gas used in this compression system causes the sprinkler corrosion, which can lead to leaks and malfunctions. Wet piping systems typically require draining and filling at some point. During this process, oxygen is able to enter the piping system, leading to corrosion.

In order to prevent sprinkler corrosion, nitrogen gas is being used to prevent oxygen exposure within the pipes. Nitrogen generators are replacing other compressors within dry piping systems to remove oxygen gas from the system. In wet piping systems, nitrogen gas is used to replace oxygen gas within the system. A vent is also used to allow oxygen gas to escape the pipes.

At Fireline, we understand the importance of preventing and addressing sprinkler corrosion within your sprinkler systems. We specialize in fire system inspection and fire system installation to prevent sprinkler corrosion in your system. If your fire system isn’t working properly, many lives can be placed in danger due to the lack of fire safety in a building. Leaks can also cost your business, so avoid wasting money by scheduling a fire system inspection through Fireline.

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Source:

http://ecscorrosion.com/faq/

The Importance of Fire Alarm Inspections

September 17th, 2014

Fire Alarm Inspections

While it may seem like an obvious matter of importance, some may not believe that annual fire alarm inspections are unnecessary and a waste of time. Fire alarm inspections will help ensure that your fire alarm system is working properly, which will ultimately save lives in the unfortunate event of a fire. However, what many might fail to realize, fire alarm inspections also hold other benefits as well.

There are several building codes and policies in place by building owners to ensure the safety of residents and occupants. Fire alarm inspections will help ensure that your fire alarm system is within the parameters set by these codes and policies. There are also policies and standards in place by insurance companies. If your fire alarm system fails to meet the parameters set by an insurance company, your claims may be rejected. Fire alarm inspections will also allow you to show proof of a properly functioning system if the need for proof should ever arise.

Should a fire event occur, the liability you may face due to injury by residents or occupants will be limited if you can prove your fire system was functioning properly. If you can’t show proof from a fire alarm inspection that your system was functioning properly, you could be held responsible for injuries sustained. Fire alarm inspections will also prevent false alarms. Faulty systems could cause false alarms, sending a fire unit to your building for no reason.

Fireline has been providing fire alarm inspections for the Maryland and Virginia area for over 60 years. We know how vital it is to have regular fire alarm inspections to ensure your system is in working order. Information recovered during the inspection is then saved to a secure server for future reference while a copy is also sent to the customer. Our technicians are trained to conduct routine inspections on a number of different systems. We are also able to help with fire system maintenance and repairs when necessary.

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Source:

http://www.gardenstatealarm.com/fire-alarm-system-inspection-benefits/

Do I need a Vehicle Fire Suppression System?

September 11th, 2014

There are many occupations in the work force currently that require an off road vehicle in order to complete the job. Off road vehicles are used in several industries such as mining, construction, and forestry. While these vehicles are essential to the job at hand, they can pose a threat to the driver and those surrounding the area of the vehicle. These vehicles, just like all vehicles, run the risk of catching or causing a fire. When this occurs, the driver is unaware of the flames until it is too late to save the vehicle. Because of this delay, the driver is also left in a very dangerous situation. A vehicle fire suppression system will eliminate this risk for drivers and protect everyone surrounding the vehicle, along with the vehicle itself.

vehicle fire suppression system

 

Some common causes of a vehicle fire include:

  1. Engine malfunction
  2. Combustible solids near the exhaust
  3. Electrical shorts
  4. Abrasion against a hydraulic line
  5. Breaks in the hydraulic or fuel line

 

When a vehicle fire begins, the driver only knows of the fire when flames or smoke are visible to him or her. This means the fire could be growing and nearing a severe stage without the driver being aware. A vehicle fire suppression system will detect the fire when it begins and extinguish the flames quickly. A vehicle fire suppression system may seem like a difficult system to install in a vehicle, that is not the truth. The installation of a vehicle fire suppression system is easy and effective. The system can be built easily and it is simple to maintain.

 

Fireline has been specializing in vehicle fire suppression systems since 1947. We will work with you to design, build, install, and maintain a vehicle fire suppression system that suits your line of work best. With two convenient locations in Maryland and Virginia, having a vehicle fire suppression system installed is never a hassle.

 

To get started with your new vehicle fire suppression system by Fireline, call us today at 1-800-553-3405. You can also visit our contact page as well.

 

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