For security and safety purposes fire extinguishers are seen in nearly every building we enter, especially in places of business or manufacturing.
The key is to have an understanding of how to operate an extinguisher should the need arise.
The following are some of the commonly asked questions with regard to fire extinguishers:
Q: Do I have enough extinguishers?
A: There are different rules that apply in protecting various hazards. For Class A hazards, you need a minimum of 75 feet travel distance to the closest extinguisher, and a minimum of 50 feet travel distance for most Class B hazards. See here for details on what is needed in Business and Home applications.
Q: What are these classes of hazards?
A: Class A hazards are fires that are involving paper, wood, trash or other ordinary combustible materials that act as fuel for the fire.
Class B hazards, refer to fires that involve combustible or flammable liquids.
Q: Is it mandatory to train employees on the use of extinguishers?
A: According to state and national codes, when portable extinguishers are accessible to your employees in the work environment, it is mandatory that you also provide knowledge or a training program to familiarize them with the proper use of the equipment at hand.
To do this, you can get in touch with us at Holmes Fire and Safety or your local fire department to help you give your employees the best training in the use of fire extinguishers.
Q: How often should I get the extinguishers inspected?
A: It is a requirement to inspect all your extinguishers at least once every 30 days. However, in the event that circumstances dictate otherwise, you are well advised to inspect more frequently than this. Maintenance by a state certified individual must also be performed on the extinguishers, at no more than one year intervals.
Holmes Fire and Safety offers monthly and annual extinguisher inspection services. Please contact us for more info.