Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Office Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are a commonplace piece of safety equipment in the workplace, including in most office spaces. OSHA states that fires are the most common emergency that small business spaces should plan for. These small-but-mighty fire extinguishing tools are vital in extinguishing small fires when found in time.

However, it’s important to note that not all fire extinguishers are meant to fight every type of fire. If you work in a small office space, it’s important to know what type of extinguisher is best suited for your specific needs. Read on to uncover the invaluable information needed to help you make the best decision for the workplace safety of your office and colleagues.

The Most Common and Useful Fire Extinguishers for Office Spaces

There are four types of fire extinguishers commonly found in office spaces, including:

Class A Fire Extinguishers for Solid Material

Class A fire extinguishers are meant for solid materials such as wood and other textiles. Because offices commonly have equipment such as chairs, paper, and wooden desks, this type of extinguisher will help control small fires with their water and additive agents.

Class B Fire Extinguishers for Electrical Fires

With such a high concentration of technology and electrical equipment, electrical fires are a common risk in office spaces. These extinguishers are suitable for small fires that have been ignited by flammable liquids or electronic equipment.

Foam-Based Fire Extinguishers

These extinguishers are suitable for extinguishing both Class A and Class B fires, or solid combustible materials and flammable liquid fires.

Water Mist Fire Extinguishers

These types of extinguishers are suitable for extinguishing small Class A, B, C, F and Electrical fires. Because they are multi-purpose extinguishers, they are commonly kept in office spaces and in corridors.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher Effectively

For fire extinguishers to be truly effective, they must be used correctly. Ensure that employees are trained to use the PASS method to extinguish small office fires:

P (Pull): Pull the pin on the top of the fire extinguisher.

A (Aim): Aim the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S (Squeeze): Squeeze the handle of the extinguisher to release the extinguishing material.

S (Sweep): Sweep the nozzle side to side at the base of the fire until it is extinguished.

How to Store Fire Extinguishers Properly

Fire extinguishers require proper storage to be as efficient as possible during a fire-related emergency. In small office spaces, this means that they should be stored nearest to where a fire is most likely to break out, such as close to electrical equipment.

Ideally, these extinguishers should be kept mounted on the wall or stored in visible cabinets so that all employees can easily access the equipment. Keep the area clear of obstructions, and if the extinguisher is kept in a glass-enclosed cabinet, ensure that there is a small hammer close by to break open the container.

Keep your office safe with help from Bison Fire Protection. We provide comprehensive inspections and fire safety equipment services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. To schedule your next appointment with one of our expert technicians, call 866-441-3473 or find us online.

Posted by Rob Read at 2:15 PM


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