All fires are not created the same. And, this can cause confusion when choosing the right fire extinguishers to support a safe response to a fire. To start, it is a good idea to develop a fire response plan that is supported by the appropriate number of fire extinguishers, their class, and optimum placement. With the right training and inspections, these measures can help save lives and property in the event of a fire.
What extinguishers to choose and where to put them can be complicated. At United Fire Protection, with our “One Company One Call” promise, we demystify some of the most common questions you may be asking as you look for the right products to meet a need for safety, compliance, and training. We sell an extensive line of fire extinguishers that meet the needs of large buildings with a variety of fire hazards.
Do I Need Fire Extinguishers? What is My Lawful Requirement?
There are federal regulations mandating fire extinguishers for most commercial buildings as well as state laws and local codes to follow. Additionally, the placement of extinguishers must comply with Federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and OSHA regulations. Compliance inspections are based upon these regulations.
What Class or Classes of Fire Extinguishers Do We Need?
The first course of action is to assess the risk in order to take the guesswork out of choosing the right fire extinguisher. The most important consideration: what kinds of fires might you need to mitigate? This will help determine the type of extinguisher to provide the right protection and where should they be placed for visibility, compliance, and ease of use. Classes of extinguishers for use in the US include:
- Class A smothers fires caused by wood, paper, textiles, and plastics
- Class B are used for flammable liquids such as oil, gasoline, kerosene, or paint
- Class C provides response to electrical equipment fires with appropriate non-conductive properties
- Class D mitigates flammable metal fires
- Class K douses fires from vegetable and animal oils and fats
With our professional assessment we make sure your company is protected with the right class of extinguisher, placed for optimum convenience.
What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do We Need?
Once you have determined the type of fire you may need to extinguish, you can identify the type of fire extinguisher your building requires. Below you will find a chart that details each available fire extinguisher, its main ingredient, and the class of fire it is intended to suppress.
|ABC fire extinguishers||Dry chemical agent (mono-ammonium phosphate)||Fights class A, B, and C fires|
|Class K fire extinguishers||Blend of potassium acetate and potassium citrate||Fights class K fires|
|Carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguishers||White carbon dioxide||Fights class C fires|
|Purple K fire extinguishers||Dry chemical that is purple in color||Fights class B and C fires|
|Cleanguard fire extinguishers||DuPont FE-35||Fights class A, B, and C fires|
|Halotron fire extinguishers||Evaporating liquid||Fights class A, B, and C fires|
|Water/water mist fire extinguisher||Water||Fights class A and C fires|
What is the Appropriate Size of Fire Extinguisher?
The fire extinguisher size is completely dependent on the hazard classification of the building, size of the room, and physical capabilities of building tenants. For example, a church is going to have a lower hazard classification than a chemical plant. And, each building is going to have different room sizes and tenants. Our expert technicians will evaluate your building and recommend the most suitable fire extinguishers.
How Do I Figure Out How Many Fire Extinguishers We Need?
The answer to this is this: It depends. Each commercial building is unique and provides a set of variables that demand a careful approach. The needs of a manufacturing facility differ from a hospital, high-rise office building, or warehouse. The best option is to have United Fire Protection professionals conduct an assessment to determine the number, placement, and class of fire extinguishers to assure both compliance and optimum safety.
With “One Company One Call” Service We Make Buying the Right Fire Extinguishers Easy
Turn to a full-service fire extinguisher provider, like United Fire Protection with our 4 locations to serve you in Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Atlanta to make the purchase decision easy. We are armed with the knowledge to identify and simplify the many variables involved in choosing, purchasing, installing, and servicing fire extinguishers. We help you make informed choices that maximize safety and maintain compliance. Many companies require a mix of fire extinguishers. Rather than relying on your best guess for what is needed and where to put it, look to experts to quickly and efficiently plan out and provide what’s needed to support the safety of your property.
Fire extinguishers are an investment in safety that can pay you back in needed protection, as well as providing peace of mind.