Every year, fires can cause millions of dollars in damages and devastate homes and businesses. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your business is prepared for fire. While having a fire extinguisher is a good start, there are actually different types of extinguishers for specific fires. Let’s take a look at the different types of fire extinguishers you need to familiarize yourself with.
The first step in fire safety is to know all the different types of fires and how to combat them. Fires are put in classes, generally classified by the type of material that is burning. Class A fires include combustible materials. The materials could be paper, trash, wood, fabrics, and any type of plastics that can catch on fire. Class B fires are caused by flammable liquids like propane or gasoline. Class C fires include electrical equipment, Class D fires include metals such as aluminum, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, and Class K fires include cooking oils. Each type of these fires will burn differently, which is why it’s so important to have the right fire extinguisher to battle a fire that is spreading in your office.
Specialty Fire Extinguishers
If you use the wrong type of fire extinguisher, it can actually make things worse. If you use a fire extinguisher that is foam or water based, it can make an electrical fire even more hazardous. If you use a carbon dioxide extinguisher on fabric or wood, it can make the fire spread quicker. Having knowledge of the best fire safety practices and access to the correct fire extinguisher is critical in limiting the damage of a fire.
Increase Your Staff’s Fire Safety Knowledge
You want to make sure that everyone on your staff is trained and knows what extinguishers to use in any given situation. While it may seem unlikely that your office ever has a situation with fires, there are over 3,000 offices every year in the United States that have fires. Hopefully, you will never have to deal with a fire. But hope isn’t going to protect you and your staff if a fire broke out. Your staff needs to be trained in the first steps of fire safety, how to use the equipment, and where to go during the fire.
Contact Biles Today For Fire Safety Products & Services
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.