A vital part of fire safety is ensuring that all your measures for preventing and fighting fires are in working order. This is especially true for office and commercial buildings where many people will be affected by the efficiency of your fire suppression system. You have probably seen how fire extinguishers placed strategically on each floor of the building, but how much thought have you put into the maintenance and working condition of this very important tool?
How Fire Extinguishers Work
The first step to understanding the maintenance needs of your fire extinguishers is having a working knowledge of how they actually operate.
- There are three types of fire extinguishers – water, dry chemical, and carbon dioxide.
- They come in different classifications – for wood and paper products, electrical equipment, flammable metals, cooking products like oil, or other flammable liquids like gas or paint.
Each kind of fire extinguisher uses high pressure to eject its contents onto the flames. They’re made from steel cases and feature a safety pin that keeps them from being inadvertently discharged. A nozzle helps with aim as someone squeezes the handle to release its contents onto the fire.
How Fire Extinguishers are Recharged
Did you know that fire extinguishers need to be recharged? There are a few scenarios that cause a fire extinguisher to need this type of maintenance, the first being if it has been recently used for a small fire. It may also need to be recharged in the case that it was recently recharged for testing purposes or even accidentally. It’s important to take note of what kind of fire extinguisher you’re working with so that the fire department or other fire suppression professionals know what equipment is needed to recharge the unit. They will check and clean the various components on the unit, including the safety pin, hose, and handle. Finally, recharging the fire extinguisher simply amounts to refilling it with the contents of that type of extinguisher, up to the specified amount of pressure, as noted on the gauge. Make sure that it’s secured properly back in its designated case and ready for use in case of a fire emergency.
Call Biles Fire Protection for All your Fire Extinguisher Needs
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.