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Fire Extinguishers 411: Keep Your Commercial Property Safe

November 11, 2015 9:43 am

Did you know that there are at least 5 different types of fire extinguishers that are used to extinguish different types of fires? Whether it’s an electrical fire, chemical fire, or a fire caused by flammable solids, it is important to know how to correctly use a fire extinguisher to put out of a fire right after it starts. Fire extinguishers are a small but important investment for your property. Sometimes when your smoke detector notifies you of smoke in your building, the fire has already began to spread. Here is a list of reasons why having a fire extinguisher is important for your commercial property:

Extinguishers Can Prevent Severe Property Damage

Depending on the size of your property, it is important to position your fire extinguishers in a convenient place so they are easy to access in case of a fire. Of course the obvious reason for needing a fire extinguisher is to extinguish fires. Depending the size of the fire, you may be able to extinguish a small fire before the fire department arrives.

When a fire starts, you should quickly grab your fire extinguisher and properly put the fire out before any serious damages occur. It is important to use your best judgement when extinguishing a fire.It can be unsafe to get too close to the fire because the flames could quickly spread if surrounded by flammable items. Instead of waiting for the fire department, invest in a fire extinguisher and control the flames to prevent severe property damage and loss.

Keep Your Employees Safe

If a fire happens in your commercial property, your first response should be to evacuate everyone from the building and call the fire department. When there is an extinguisher on site, your employees will feel safe in case of a fire emergency. All employees should be properly trained to use the fire extinguisher in case of an emergency.

Tips For Using A Fire Extinguisher

Do you have a fire extinguisher but are unsure how to use it? Here is a 4 step guide to extinguish a fire the right way:

Pull The Pin – The pin is located at the top of the extinguisher. Pulling the pin releases a locking mechanism that will allow you to squeeze the lever and discharge fluid that will extinguish the fire.
Aim – It is important to aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire so you extinguish any flammable substances to prevent the fire from spreading.
Squeeze Lever – Squeezing the lever allows the extinguishing agent to come out of the extinguisher. If you let go of the lever, the extinguishing agent will stop being released. It is important to remember to stand a safe distance away from the fire in case the flames begins to spread rapidly.
Move Side To Side – A sweeping motion is the best motion to use when extinguishing a fire. Once the fire begins to dwindle away, start gradually moving towards the fire, inching closer but continuing to stay a safe enough distance away. Depending on the type of fire extinguisher, it will tell you how far away to stand. Different types of fires react differently, so it is important to read the instructions before operating.

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