Fire extinguishers are an important tool for fire safety. There is much to know about extinguishers, including the proper operation and the difference between the various classifications. They’re not just important in commercial settings, but they are also excellent fire protection tools to have at home. Here’s what you should know about fire extinguishers.
Fire Extinguisher Types
Some people may believe that all fire extinguishers are the same and that they’re all appropriate for use to stop all types of fires, but that isn’t true. Some are filled with pressurized water while others are filled with carbon dioxide, dry chemical, or halotron. Each fire extinguisher is labeled with its classification, which clarifies the type of fire that it should be used to control. For example, there is a specific type of extinguisher that should be used for electrical fires, cooking oil fires, flammable liquids, and even flammable metals. Make sure that the type of extinguisher you have is appropriate for the setting.
Inspection and Maintenance
Fire extinguishers are constructed to be durable and long-lasting. However, they do require regular maintenance and inspection to ensure that they will operate properly when you need them. If you’ve recently dropped it or you’ve noticed any dents or rust, those factors could impair the way it operates. Every type of extinguisher should be inspected at least once a year. Have a professional fire protection service conduct the maintenance and inspection to ensure that it has been examined thoroughly. In addition, every five to six years, the extinguisher should undergo a complete breakdown to make sure that all components are in ideal condition.
Recharge and Replacement
After a fire extinguisher has been discharged, there’s more to do than simply placing it back in its position for when you may need it next. After an extinguisher is discharged, you should have it recharged. The pressure in the system may be low, and you should ensure that it is fully pressurized at all times. In the worst case scenario, if an inspection does not return favorable results, you should replace the unit entirely.
Commercial and Residential Fire Protection from Biles Fire Protection
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