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About The Construction and Operation of Fire Extinguishers

How knowledgeable are you about the construction and operation of fire extinguishers? If you’re not too knowledgeable about fire extinguishers, don’t worry. Fireline is here to help you learn the basics.

Today’s Modern portable fire extinguishers are stored pressure and cartridge operated. The most in demand fire extinguishers are the stored pressure fire extinguishers.

But what materials form the construction of modern fire extinguishers?

Modern fire extinguishers are constructed from steel, aluminum or aluminum alloy. These materials are used to create a durable exterior for fire extinguishers. The exteriors can withstand knocks, external temperatures and corrosion.

The gas cartridge operated fire extinguishers are coated in plastic to provide the cartridge extra protection against the contents of the fire extinguisher. Gas cartridges can be piercing disc or frangible pip cartridges.

The piercing disc gas cartridge features a pierced diaphragm. The frangible pip gas cartridge features a pip broken by a blunt spindle.

Gas cartridge operated fire extinguishers only allow the cartridge to be pressurized. In a store pressure fire extinguisher, the entire fire extinguisher is pressurized.

Here is how stored pressure fire extinguishers and gas cartridge operated fire extinguishers work:

The Operation of The Stored Pressure Fire Extinguishers

A stored pressure fire extinguisher is operated when it releases its pin. The pin is released when the tamper seal is broken or the operator presses down on the handle of the fire extinguisher. This allows the pressure stored at the top of the fire extinguisher, dry air or nitrogen, to be released. When this happens the pressure is forced down on the extinguishing agent of water, foam, powder or other substance. The agent is then forced up the fire extinguisher tube.

The Operation Of The Gas Cartridge Fire Extinguishers

Similar to the stored pressure fire extinguisher, the gas cartridge is operated by releasing the pin. The pin pierces the seal on the gas cartridge. The pressure of the fire extinguisher from the gas cartridge is then forced down on the extinguishant.

Here are just a few fire extinguishers you can use to enhance your building fire safety:

-Water Fire Extinguishers

-Foam Fire Extinguishers

-Powder Fire Extinguishers

-Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishers

Fireline has provided fire extinguishers and portable extinguisher service for more than 60 years. Our salesmen are trained to access the building occupancy, the potential fire hazards and the anticipated class of fire before recommending the proper type and size of extinguishers required to meet the codes. Our technicians are routinely trained to provide the highest quality service for any type of extinguisher.

Ask us about our Fire Extinguisher Service, Fire Extinguisher Testing, Fire Extinguisher Training, and Fire Extinguisher Inspections.

We are a Maryland corporation founded in 1947 by John S. Waters. Fireline remains a pioneer in the fledgling fire equipment distribution business and we have grown to encompass all facets of fire protection. Our Totally Integrated Protection Solutions provide you with a wide variety of services. We can design, install, inspect, or service any type of fire protection system. From fire alarms to fire extinguisher, we do it all.

If you have any questions about Fire Extinguishers, fire equipment, or other Fireline products and services, contact Fireline by calling 410.247.1422 or click here today!


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