Before you choose a fire extinguisher for your Kitchener
business, it’s important to consider the types of fire you expect in the
building so you can choose wisely.
types of fires
are classified with letters ranging from A to D. Once you
understand the classifications, these letters make it easier to choose the
right fire extinguisher for your Kitchener business.
The first classification is class A. This category contains
ordinary combustible material that is commonly found in businesses, such as
wood, drapes and trash. Fire extinguishers that have chemical foam, water, or
dry chemical powders are commonly used on class A fires.
Class B fires are caused by flammable liquids, such as
grease, gasoline, or paint. To fight class B fires, be sure to have a carbon
dioxide, dry chemical, halon, or aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) fire
extinguisher in your Kitchener business.
Electrical fires are classified as class C fires. These
usually involve electrical equipment. You can use halon, dry chemicals, or
carbon dioxide to put out a class C fire.
A class D fire happens when combustible metals, such as
magnesium or titanium, catch fire. The dry powder used to put out the fire
varies depending on the metal involved so it’s important to speak to a professional
fire protection technician
if your warehouse or business has combustible
metals on the premises. You need to ensure that you have the right fire
extinguisher so you don’t go down in history as the originator of Kitchener’s
biggest metal fire.
Most people think of a fire extinguisher containing
pressurized water when asked about fire extinguishers. A water fire
extinguisher is handy when dealing with class A fires, combustible ordinary
materials, but should never be used on a class B or class C fire.
Another good bet for class A fires is a fire extinguisher
that releases chemical foam (AFFF). This flame-smothering foam can also be used
to put out class B fires.
Compressed gas fire extinguishers
can be used for class B and class C fires. These normally contain carbon
dioxide. Older compressed gas fire extinguishers may contain halon. Newer
extinguishers no longer use halon since you need to wear proper respiratory
equipment when using it in an enclosed space. This can be tough to put on when
there’s a fire in progress. If you do use a halon gas fire extinguisher, be
sure to properly air out the affected area before returning to work. If you’re
uncertain if the area is safe and clear of halon, call an expert. If you do
discover halon-filled fire extinguishers, you may want to replace them with
newer compressed gas fire extinguishers to avoid potential problems.
If you need a fire extinguisher for your business, a
multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher is a good choice. You can find it
easily in any Kitchener retailer that sells fire extinguishers or contact a
company that deals in fire prevention for a full assessment of your business’s
circumstances. A dry chemical fire extinguisher releases pressurized powder to
smother the flames. It works well for class A, B, and C fires.
Fire extinguishers are not a one-size-fits-all solution to
fire control so do your homework before equipping your Kitchener business.