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What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do I Need?

What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do I Need?

Different Fires Require Different Fire Extinguishers

A chart outlining the various types of fires and the extinguishers

The Various Types of Fire Extinguishers and how to operate them

Did you know that in 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. Fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage. These numbers probably would be higher if not for the dedicated Fire Marshals around the country that enforce strict fire codes. At Fire Equipment Services, we not only support our Fire Marshals we help train them as well.

At Fire Equipment Services we believe that the first step to Fire safety is Fire Awareness.  This means making sure the general public has the right information about the tools available to them. According to The U.S. Fire Administration ” It’s important to help the public understand that with proper training and education, fire extinguishers can save lives and property. Many adults might not know how or when to use fire extinguishers.”

The first step in becoming aware of potential fire dangers and their prevention is understanding the various types of fires.   For more information regarding Fire Extinguishers please click here.




The Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are five primary types of fire extinguishers, each designed to put out different kinds of fires.

A Fire Extinguisher to use with ordinary materials like cloth, wood and paper:                                                                                  

One Used to extinguish combustible and flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints:                                  

Extinguishers used to fight fires from electrical equipment like appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in:       

A fire extinguisher used to combat a fire from flammable metals – usually only found in commercial applications:                 

Another commercial fire extinguisher for Vegetable oils, animal oils and fats in cooking appliances:                                         

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

When operating a fire extinguisher, tell residents and employees to remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Maintenance is the Critical to the Proper Operation of a Fire Extinguisher

Reaching for a non functioning Fire Extinguisher can be a fatal.  For this reason monthly inspections are mandatory.  Also an annual service by a reputable Fire Equipment Company is a requirement. There are other requirements as well – please contact us for more information.

Monthly Inspection

The monthly inspection should include a check of the following items:
1. Extinguisher is located in its designated place. Do not place it on the floor. Hang on a bracket/hanger or mounted in a cabinet.
2. The Fire Extinguisher is located in an easy-to-reach, readily visible location. Obstructions, such as equipment, should not block the extinguisher.
3. Operating instructions on the nameplate are legible and visible.
4. Tamper indicators and seals are in place and not broken.
5. Annual maintenance tag, with date punched and name of maintenance company and securely attached to the extinguisher. Maintenance date must not be over one year old.
6. The Extinguisher appears full when hefted.
7. Extinguisher shows no visible evidence of physical damage, corrosion, rust, leakage, or a clogged nozzle.
8. Pressure gauge is in the operable (green) range or position (if the fire extinguisher has a gauge.)
If all of the above are ok, initial and date the back side of the maintenance tag (for fire code requirements of written records of the monthly inspections).

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Please give us a call at (772) 461-6845 so we can show you the benefits of joining our family of customers.  Fire Equipment Services is passionate about providing the best in Fire Suppression Systems and other safety measures to protect your company. Our expertise is unmatched in the fire and safety industry. And our commitment to getting the job done right, combined with an honest approach to business insures the safety of your assets and personnel.  We believe that the highest level of service, our ongoing training and our relationships with the best manufacturers and distributors in the industry makes us the only choice when it comes to protecting your business.  And remember, even if you have equipment installed by another company, we can inspect, test and correct any issues that we find.