A: Per NFPA regulations, professional fire extinguisher inspections are required once a year. In addition, you should perform mini self-inspections every month in between professional service.
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A: The exact number of fire extinguishers you need in your building depends on many factors, including building size, layout, occupancy levels, etc. In general, you want to have enough fire extinguishers in your building so you never have more than 75 feet between any two Class A fire extinguishers and never more than 50 feet between Class B fire extinguishers.
Every fire extinguisher has an alphanumeric rating that tells you what types of fires it can extinguish as well as the size of fire it can put out. The letters stand for the class of fire the extinguisher can be used against: A – ordinary combustibles (wood, paper, plastic, etc.) B – flammable liquids (oil, gas, petroleum, etc.) C – electrical equipment D – metals K – cooking oils and fats The numbers indicate how much of the fire can be put out by the fire extinguisher: Every number before the A means it is as effective as 1 ¼ gallons of water. For example, 2A means the fire extinguisher is as effective as 2 ½ gallons of water, and so on. The numbers before B and C are a measure of the amount of square feet the fire extinguisher can put out. For example, a 10:BC fire extinguisher can extinguish a fire over 10 square feet.
A: Fire extinguishers for restaurant kitchens are known as Class K fire extinguishers. Class K fire extinguishers use a special process called saponification to put out fires caused by fats and oils by basically turning them into soap. Whatever you do, make sure you never, ever put water on a flaming pan of oil. When water hits the pan, it sinks and vaporizes almost instantly, pushing the flaming oil up in a massive plume of fire.
If you have sensitive electronic equipment in your building, such as in a computer room or data center, using a water or dry chemical fire extinguisher can cause as much damage as a fire itself. Instead, use a clean agent fire extinguisher such as a Cleanguard FE 36 (made by ANSUL) or a Halotron I (made by Amerex). Halotron I – Halotron I discharges as a rapidly evaporating liquid that leaves no residue. It does not conduct electricity and is suitable to fight Class A, B, and C fires. Cleanguard FE 36 – the Cleanguard FE 36 is a replacement for Halon 1211. The Cleanguard extinguisher has comparable performance and efficiency to Halon 1211 but is less toxic and has zero ozone depletion potential.
A: Since fire extinguisher residue can be corrosive, it’s important that you clean it up as soon as you know the fire has been totally put out. To do this, sweep and vacuum as much of the extinguishing agent as possible, using a damp cloth to get anything the vacuum leaves behind.
A: If the needle on your fire extinguisher is in the red, you should call Ignite Statewide immediately and have the extinguisher replaced or recharged. You never know when a fire will break out in your building, and if your fire extinguishers aren’t fully charged at all times they may not be available when you need them most!
A: No. Discharging even a little bit of your fire extinguisher could cause a drop in pressure that will render it useless. If any amount of extinguishant is discharged, you should replace or recharge that extinguisher right away. Most fire extinguishers should have a pressure gauge with a red section and a green section. If the needle is in the green, you’re good. If your extinguishers don’t have a pressure gauge and you want to test them, press in the pin. If it pops back up, the extinguisher is pressurized. If it doesn’t, call Ignite Statewide right away! +1 (305) 975-8939