1. There are different classifications and types of fire extinguishers that should be used for different types of fires.

  • Fire Extinguisher Classifications 
    • Class A– Ordinary flammable materials (paper, fabric, cardboard, lumber, etc.)
    • Class B– Liquid combustibles (grease, paint, gasoline, etc.)
    • Class C– Electrically energized materials
    • Class D– Flammable metals
    • Class K– Kitchen combustibles (fats, grease, and oils)
    • Types of Fire Extinguishers
      • Dry Chemical– Multipurpose use for Classes A,B,C
      • Halon– Often used to protect electronics because it leaves behind no residue to clean up
      • Water– Use on Class A fires
      • Carbon Dioxide– Most effective on Classes B and

2.When using a fire extinguisher, remember P.A.S.S.

3. Fire Extinguishers must be visually inspected on monthly basis and inspected by a licensed fire protection companyon a yearly basis.

  • During visual inspections, the following should be checked
    • Proper placement
    • Easily accessible
    • Fully charged
    • Pin and seal are in place
    • No damage
    • Nozzle has no blockages
    • During the yearly inspection by a licensed fire protection company, the following is done by the technician
      • Technician conducts a full visual inspection.
      • If needed, technician will perform necessary maintenancein order to ensure that the extinguisher will perform properly.
      • Once the extinguisher is up to NFPA standards, the extinguisher is tagged to show that it has been inspected by a licensed fire protection compan

4. Fire extinguishers must be installed according to NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers

  • According to NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, fire extinguishers must be placed no more than 75ft* apart on regularly traveled routes. *Distance varies by hazard classification

5. Employee training services are available.

There is not a lot of time for mistakes when fire occurs, so it is important that employees are properly trained to use a fire extinguisher. Having a licensed fire protection company properly train employees can be the difference between a little damage and a catastrophe. 

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