When it comes to fire safety within the workplace, one of the most essential steps to take is to keep maintained fire extinguishers on the property at all times. Fire extinguishers can be one of the first lines of defensive when faced with an occupational fire and can help save lives in the process. However, there is important information for employees to know when dealing with fire extinguishers in order for the equipment to be fully effective.
Classes of Fire Extinguishers
- Class A- This type of fire extinguisher can be used on normal combustible materials. These materials include paper, wood, certain textiles, and certain plastics.
- Class B- This extinguisher is to be used on liquids that are flammable, such as oil and gasoline.
- Class C- When a fire involves electrical equipment that is live, this type of extinguisher should be used.
- Class D- This type of extinguisher is used when handling combustible metals. These different metals can include sodium, magnesium, and titanium.
- Class K- Commercial kitchens have this type of extinguisher available because it is designed for cooking fires. This includes fires involving grease, fat, and oil.
Maintenance of Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are required to undergo a visual inspection once every month to ensure proper working order. During these inspections, individuals should determine a number of things:
- The fire extinguishers are not hidden or blocked by clutter
- All mountings of fire extinguishers are up to NFPA standards
- Nozzles are not blocked
- The gauge of pressure is in appropriate spot
- Fire extinguishers are kept in designated areas
- Seals and pin have not been tampered with
At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems to keep commercial buildings safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.