Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Guide to Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher Size

Bison's Fire Extinguisher Size Guide


For the most part, a fire-related emergency within your home or place of business is not an expected occurrence. However, emergencies do happen. When they do, you’ll be thankful for the portable fire extinguisher that you had installed in your space.

Whether you’re replacing your outdated existing fire extinguisher for a modern, high-quality piece of equipment, or are implementing a new fire safety initiative in your building, it’s important to know the difference of types and sizes of the fire extinguisher needed for your specific space and potential use.

Know the Type of Fire Extinguisher You Need

The most commonly purchased type of fire extinguisher available on the market today are ABC fire extinguishers. ABC fire extinguishers are used to fight the following fires:

  • Class A fires, which are categorized as ordinary fires.
  • Class B fires, classified as flammable fuel fires.
  • Class C fires, which are classified as electrical fires.

For other types of fire risks, there are Class D and Class K fire extinguishers available. Class D extinguishers are necessary to tackle fires from ignitable metals, and Class K extinguishers are most commonly used to fight grease fires in kitchens (more commonly in commercial kitchens, but they can also be used within the home).

However, on top of choosing the correct type of portable fire extinguisher for your home or place of business, investing in the right size of fire extinguisher is vital to ensure that your fire safety equipment can effectively extinguish the potential size of fire.

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher Size

For the most part, the bigger your fire extinguisher, the better. But in reality, you need to take into account the amount of space that you have available for storage, and how accessible the fire extinguisher is for users. For example, a large kitchen fire extinguisher may be too heavy for the average person to maneuver with ease. It’s important to note that the weight listed on a fire extinguisher is not its entire weight, but the amount of chemical kept inside. Keep in mind that the canister itself will add more pounds to the total weight.

One of the most vital considerations when choosing your fire extinguisher is the size of the room it must serve. On average, a 5-lb fire extinguisher is good for most rooms, but if you have a large commercial space or warehouse, it’s best to invest in a 10-lb extinguisher, as fire can spread further in these spaces.

Here’s a breakdown of the sizes of fire extinguishers, and the spaces that they will best serve in the case of fire:

2-lb Fire Extinguishers: These small and compact extinguishers are best kept in cars in case of a roadside emergen

5-lb Fire Extinguishers: These extinguishers are lightweight enough to be kept in smaller indoor spaces, such as your kitchen, office, or laundry area.

10-lb Fire Extinguishers: Best for garages, sheds, or workshops. These areas tend to have fires grow before they are noticed.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, households should aim to have a fire extinguisher on each floor. Of course, the number of fire extinguishers needed within businesses varies, as it is dependant on the size of building and office space. No matter the size of your space, having a fire safety plan posted in an obvious and accessible space is your best fire protection tool.

Our team at Bison Fire Protection does all that we can to help families and businesses alike find the best fire protection equipment for their home. Contact us today for service in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, or Saskatoon.

Posted by Rob Read at 3:49 PM

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