In fire emergencies, there are a few tools that we all know will help us remain safe — smoke detectors, the sprinkler system, and fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers aren’t just important in commercial buildings, but they keep families safe every day in residential emergencies. Fire safety is all about having a full plan that everyone can follow. Here’s a brief overview on fire extinguishers so that you’ll be prepared for any possible situation.
Types of Extinguishers
Did you know that there are different types of fire extinguishers that are appropriate for different types of fires? It’s true that many businesses and residences may not even have the correct type. There are water and foam extinguishers, carbon dioxide extinguishers, dry chemical and wet chemical extinguishers, and clean agent extinguishers. Each is distinguishable by categories that are clearly labeled on the side of each extinguisher. Some have better use for grease and kitchen fires while others are more appropriate around chemicals in laboratories and hospitals.
In addition to knowing the different types of extinguishers and having the appropriate type onsite, employees and family members should also be trained in how to use them. It makes no sense having the proper tools if no one understands how to operate them. Schedule an employee or family meeting where everyone learns the proper way to discharge a fire extinguisher. The meeting should also inform everyone of where to find the extinguisher if it is ever needed in an emergency.
Inspection and Maintenance
Fire extinguishers need to be inspected and regularly maintained. Inspections are also a requirement to ensure that your extinguisher is in compliance with fire codes. The National Fire Protection Association requires annual inspections, and maintenance every six years. Every 12 years, a hydro test should be performed on the extinguisher, which involves it being broken down and emptied, inspected for flaws, reassembled, and charged to be put back into service.
Commercial and Residential Fire Protection from Biles Fire Protection
Biles Fire Protection can help with all of your residential or commercial fire safety needs. We have the equipment and expertise to install wet sprinkler systems or dry sprinkler systems at affordable prices. We are well known for our top-notch customer service, quick response times, and reliable support and maintenance. To get a quote for your sprinkler system, fill out our online request form. For more information and to chat about how we can help meet your fire safety needs, visit us online or give us a call at (443) 701-8330. To get more fire safety tips and information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.