Fire Extinguishers play a vital role in saving one’s life and/or all the valuables that we have which can be an unwanted expense because of the fire outbreak.
Deciding which type of fire extinguisher is the best for your building or workplace is a life-saving decision. One must be aware that there are different types of fire extinguishers that exist so that they can handle various types of fire.
There are various classes of fire and each has a dedicated fire extinguisher. In our previous blog, we have written about types of fire; you can read them here.
If you are unaware of which types of fire extinguisher you should use at your workplace you can always consult your nearest fire department, or can fix an appointment with the fire safety expert; he/she will definitely help you to get the perfect fire extinguisher for your workplace.
You can always connect with BMC officials to get details about the fire safety & its procedure.
What is the best type of fire extinguishers for my building?
The most important characteristic of the fire extinguishers is that it is functional. Which means you have to keep it checked on a regular basis. This will help you to keep the extinguisher in good condition so that you can use it for a longer time period.
As a responsible person, you should be sure that the extinguisher which you are using or planning to install at your workplace should be within the reach. Make sure your staff has the proper training when it comes to using a fire extinguisher if it is ever necessary.
If you follow all of these steps, your building will be readily prepared in the face of an emergency.
ABC Dry Chemical:
These multi-purpose fire extinguishers can be used on class A fire, Class B fire, and C fire. They utilize a special powder that helps put out fires started by common combustible solid objects, burning gases and liquids, and electrical fires.
The agent, however, is corrosive and should be cleaned up as soon as possible after being discharged.
ABC fire extinguishers are great at the workplace.
Pressurized water extinguishers are a good option for environments with sensitive equipment, such as hospitals.
While hospitals will generally have the same types of fires as office buildings, the volume of valuable equipment makes the corrosive ABC agent an undesirable choice.
A water extinguisher can safely eliminate fire without damaging equipment.
Class K Wet Chemical:
Wet chemical extinguishers work on common cooking combustibles, making them well-suited to commercial kitchens.
Grease fires cannot be extinguished with the ABC agent simply because they are more aggressive and harder to control.
A class K extinguisher will get the job done in a kitchen setting.
CO2 fire extinguishers work to remove the oxygen and heat from a fire with a cold discharge. These extinguishers work best on class B and C fires. CO2 extinguishers can work well in laboratories, but cannot be used on fires caused by metals.
These extinguishers often use a sodium chloride agent to work to smother the fire.
Metal/sand extinguishers work on class D fires, which are caused by metals such as sodium, magnesium, or titanium.
As such, metal/sand extinguishers are also well-suited to laboratory settings where these metals may be in use.
90% MAP (Mono-Ammonium Phosphate):
The fire extinguisher ball one of the best alternatives of all the above-mentioned things, especially cylinders.
It contains Mono-Ammonium Phosphate – a 90% concentrated powder that helps you to get rid of the initial fire within 10 seconds.
Made out of such materials that are human as well as environment friendly. Yes, you are doing your bit while saving yourselves from fire.
To understand how the fire extinguisher ball works, click here.
That’s all for now!
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