The key to successfully preventing the loss of life or property from a fire is a fast response with a enough extinguishing agent to do the job.
Handheld fire extinguishers are great as long as the fire is small enough to be extinguished by the amount of the agent that the handheld container holds. Most hand held extinguishers devote about half their weight to the extinguishing agent, so a 35-pound hand-held extinguisher, which is about the maximum that most people can carry, has 17 pounds of agent for suppressing the fire.
If you feel that your location would be better protected with a larger capacity extinguisher, then the ideal solution is a wheeled fire extinguisher.
Wheeled fire extinguishers come in a wide variety of sizes and extinguishing agents. The mobility and ease of a wheeled fire extinguisher allow for larger sized tanks (up to 350 lbs.) to be rolled more quickly than a person can carry a heavy handheld extinguisher. The bottom line is that a wheeled fire extinguisher has greater extinguishing agent capacities,can deliver a higher agent flow rate over a greater range, and has extended discharge times.
Wheeled fire extinguishers are just as easy to use as a handheld fire extinguisher. Just pull the safety pin, aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, and gently squeeze the trigger as you utilize a sweeping motion to distinguish the flames completely.
Of course, as with any fire equipment, it is important to carry out a monthly inspection program and have the annual service done. All Florida Fire Equipment can design an individualized service program to meet the needs of your business andgive you the peace of mind of knowing that your wheeled fire extinguisher will always be ready to work on a moment’s notice.
All Florida Fire Equipment sells, inspects, and services a wide variety of fire extinguishers. Our mobile team of technicians will come to your location to provide you with the best in advice,service, and support.
It’s important to remember that there are five major classes of fire based on the fuel source and each requires a different extinguishing agent to suppress the fire.
Class A: A Class A fire has ordinary materials as the combustible. Items such as wood, paper, plastic and general trash are a common source of a Class A fire. A Class A fire is most often extinguished with water or mono-ammonium phosphate.
Class B: Class B fires have a flammable liquid or gas as its fuel source. The most common fuel sources are oil, paint, and gasoline. These fires are extinguished by smothering the fire using chemical agents.
Class C: Electrical fires are the most common of Class C fires. Faulty wiring or a fire within a motor or appliance can cause these fires. A Class C fire requires the use of a non-conductive chemical agent to extinguish the fire.
Class D: The combustible agent is usually a metal such as magnesium or aluminum and these fires most often occurred in a manufacturing or laboratory setting. A Class D fire requires the use of a dry powder agent to absorb the fire’s heat and smother it.
Class K: Class K fires are primarily defined as involving liquids used in food preparation, such as cooking oil, vegetable and animal fat, and grease. A wet chemical agent is used to put out the Class K fire.
There is a lot to think aboutto be sure you have the right extinguisher and agentto protect your business from a devastating fire. Often times you may need to have two or more extinguishing agents available, which means having multiple wheeled fire extinguishers.
Fortunately, you don’t have to figure this out on your own. All Florida Fire Equipment has been servicing the fire protection needs of businesses in the greater Tampa area since 1999, and our technicians can advise you on what type of wheeled fire extinguishers is best suited to protect your business.
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