FIRE SAFETY


Selection and Placement of Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are rated by UL (Underwriters Laboratory) to assign a numeric value, symbolic of how much fire they are expected to extinguish. These ratings are used to select the proper size and type fire extinguisher for commercial and industrial applications. 

We can provide expert interpretation of applicable regulations regarding proper mounting heights, travel distance and placement. We handle all aspects of placing and installing extinguishers as needed. 

It is natural for a person to use the extinguisher located nearest to a fire. Specialty type extinguishers are intended for use on particular types of hazards and careful attention should be made to locating them in close proximity to the specific hazard they are meant to protect.


The Importance of Properly Maintaining All Fire Equipment

Fire extinguishers are rated by UL (Underwriters Laboratory) to assign a numeric value, symbolic of how much fire they are expected to extinguish. These ratings are used to select the proper size and type fire extinguisher for commercial and industrial applications. 


Types of Fires

Type A Fires Type B Fires Type C Fires Type D Fires Type K Fires
Fires in ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth, trash and plastics. Fires in flammable liquids such as gasoline, petroleum oil and paint. Also included are flammable gases such as propane and butane. Fires involving energized electrical equipment such as motors, transformers and appliances. Remove the power and the Class C fire becomes one of the other classes of fire. Fires in combustible metals such as potassium, sodium, aluminum and magnesium. Fires in cooking oils and greases such as animal fats and vegetable fats in commercial cooking settings.

The picture symbols listed above should be reviewed by anyone expected to use a fire extinguisher. The picture symbols identify the types of fires and which extinguisher may be used. The International sign system diagonal red slash indicates a potential danger if the extinguisher is used on that particular type of fire.


How to Use Fire Extinguishers

When it's time to use a fire extinguisher, remember PASS:

Pull the pin Aim the nozzle Squeeze the lever Sweep nozzle from side to side

DISCLAIMER: This information is provided as a brief overview of general fire safety and emergency preparedness.  It is not an inclusive resource of all necessary fire equipment and emergency preparation.