Have you inspected your fire extinguishers lately? Are they fully charged, strategically located, accessible and ready for use? Or, are they laden with dust, obscurely hidden in some corner, affording a false sense of security?So often, fire extinguishers are purchased with enthusiasm, a vital need; and then, suddenly, because they are not regularly used, they are relegated to a secondary position in our operation.
The fact that fire extinguishers are our first line of defense in the event of fire should warrant a periodic and thorough inspection of them. Fire extinguishers must be kept clean to attract attention, they must be kept accessible to eliminate lost time when needed, and the rubber hose, horn or other dispensing component must be checked to guard against blockage.
The following is a brief resume of the classification of fires, and the recommended extinguisher to be used on each
CLASS “A” FIRES: Ordinary combustible such as rubbish, paper, rags, scrap lumber, etc. These are fires that require a cooling agent for extinguishment. Recommended extinguishers are—water through use of hose, pump type water cans, pressurized extinguishers.
CLASS “B” FIRES: Flammable liquids, oils and grease. Fires that require a smothering effect for extinguishment. Recommended extinguishers–Carbon Dioxide, Dry Chemical and Foam.
CLASS “C” FIRES: Electrical equipment. Fires that require a non-conducting, extinguishing, agent. Recommended extinguishers—Carbon Dioxide and Dry Chemical.