If you own a fire extinguisher, you probably don’t think about it on a daily basis.
But even though it mostly goes ignored, you will be grateful that you have it in case of an emergency. And just like with any appliance or tool, you need to make sure it is in working order. Here’s a quick guide on how to get your fire extinguishers ready for summer.
Fire Extinguishers 101
A lot of people don’t realize that certain fire extinguishers are made to fight certain types of fires. Essentially, there are five different types of fires to fight, so let’s take a look at the different types of fire extinguishers before you purchase one. Class A fire extinguishers are made to put out flames on an ordinary material that caught fire. Class B fire extinguishers are used on flammable liquids, and Class fire extinguishers are used on appliances and electrical items that caught on fire. Class D fire extinguishers are used on metals, and Class K fire extinguishers are to be used on cooking oils.
Inspecting Fire Extinguishers
You should know exactly when your fire extinguisher expires, but it’s still important to do monthly inspections to make sure everything is working properly. The first thing to do each month is to make sure that it is easy to get to your fire extinguisher in case of an emergency. Your fire extinguishers need to be visible, in the proper spot, and offer easy access. Next, you will want to take a look at the safety seal and the tamper seal to make sure both are still intact. Sometimes kids can get a little curious and want to play with a fire extinguisher, so make sure that didn’t happen. After you check the seals, you will then want to make sure that the pressure gauge is in the proper operating range. Some fire extinguishers will have a test indicator, so you can press that to find out if the pressure reading is in the right range.
Replacing Your Fire Extinguishers
If you’ve neglected looking after your fire extinguishers, it may be time to get a new one. But, how can you tell when it needs replaced? If your fire extinguisher has corrosion, visible signs of damage, a clogged nozzle, or a leaky nozzle, then it is time to replace your fire extinguisher.
Biles Fire Protection Services is Here to Help
No matter your fire protection needs, Biles Fire Protection Services can design and install a system that will work for you. We are proud to offer top-notch customer service including fast response times, reliable support, and affordable prices. We are certified through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and have the knowledge and experience to create the right fire protection system for your home or business. To learn more about what we have to offer, give us a call at 443-701-8330, send us an email, or request a quote online.