Fire Extinguishers in the Work Place
Fire extinguishers in the work place are required by law, but also an essential safety tool that could assist in a disaster, if it were to ever strike. Many don’t realize that there are many different types of office fire extinguishers depending on your office needs.
The amount and class of extinguishers you need with depend on the square foot of your office area and the types of material you have inside. The local fire marshal will stop in periodically to make sure your equipment is up to date and that you are enforcing all the fire codes.
I am going to break down the different types of fire extinguishers and the classes that each can put out.
- COMMON COMBUSTIBLES: Wood, Paper, Cloth, etc.
- FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS AND GASES: Gasoline, Propane, and Solvents
- LIVE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT: Computers, Fax, Machines
- COMBUSTIBLE METALS: Magnesium, Lithium, Titanium
- COOKING MEDIA: Cooking oils and Fats
Water Fire Extinguishers – Class A
Foam Fire Extinguishers- Class A & B
CO2 Fire Extinguishers- Class B & C
Powder Fire Extinguishers- Class A, B, & C
Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers- Class K
Check out your office fire extinguisher and see if you are prepared if a disaster were to strike. Depending on the size of your business, ask you maintenance man, owner, or manager if your business is equipped.