You always want to determine what type of fire extinguisher can be used for a specific fire. In fact, determining what kind of fire is burning is the initial step in figuring out which fire extinguisher to use. Many people simply assume that all fire extinguishers are the same. However, there are specific fire extinguishers that are better suited for commercial buildings versus residential buildings. Therefore, it is best to understand what is involved when choosing the right fire extinguisher for your commercial business.
Understand The Fire
First, you want to determine what kind of fire is burning. In fact, many don’t know that there are different classes of fire. For instance, there are classes A, B, C, D, and K. These classes of fires are based on the type of materials involved. For instance, a class A fire involves common combustible materials such as wood and plastic. Whereas, class B fires involve very flammable liquids like gas or oil. Then there are the class C fires which involve energized electricity like a surge fire. While class D fires are ones involving combustible metal, like aluminum.Lastly, there are class K fires which are cooking fires most commonly found in restaurant kitchens.
Which Fire Extinguishers Are Best For You?
For you to determine what type of fire extinguisher is best, you need to understand what kind of fire can occur in your business. The most common type of fire extinguisher found throughout most facilities is the ABC Dry Chemical fire extinguisher. As the name suggests it can extinguisher A,B and C type fires. In fact, Fireline Corporation was the first company in the State of Maryland to introduce the ABC Dry Chemical extinguisher back in the 1950’s!
If you are unsure of what type of extinguisher to have in your facility a qualified technician will be able to come in and provide you with a thorough examination of the potential fire hazards within your building. Additionally, these professionals will be able to give you the best possible locations to keep your fire extinguishers for maximum safety.
Get The Best of the Best from Fireline!
At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems to keep your property safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to alert occupants in your business of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems and fire sprinkler systems to keep fires controlled should an incident occur. Our trained sales staff will work with you to determine which system is best for your business and our technicians will ensure a quality installation. Fireline service technicians can test, inspect and repair any existing systems you may have.