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Stay Cool Under Fire: Your Guide to Fire Extinguishers

Let’s talk fire extinguishers! These handy devices might be the unsung heroes of safety, sitting quietly in the corner until they’re called upon to save the day. It’s important for you to make sure you have the correct fire extinguisher, that it’s charged, and that you’re ready to use it incase of a fire.

The A-B-Cs and More of Fire Extinguishers

  1. Class A: For your everyday combustibles like wood, paper, and cloth. Think: campfires gone rogue.

  2. Class B: Tackles flammable liquids such as grease, gasoline, and oil. Perfect for kitchen flare-ups and garage spills.

  3. Class C: Targets electrical fires. Because nobody wants a shock with their flame.

  4. Class D: Handles flammable metals. Not your average household item, but essential in specialized environments.

  5. Class K: Specialized for cooking oils and fats. A must-have for serious home chefs and restaurant kitchens.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: PASS It On!

When it’s time to show fire who’s boss, remember the acronym PASS:

  • Pull the pin: This unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the extinguisher.

  • Aim low: Point the nozzle at the base of the fire. You want to hit the fuel, not the flames.

  • Squeeze the lever: This releases the extinguishing agent.

  • Sweep from side to side: Cover the area of the fire with the extinguishing agent until the fire is out.

Do You Have the Right Extinguisher?

Before you play hero, make sure you’re equipped for the job. Check the label on your fire extinguisher. It should clearly state its class. Most household extinguishers are multi-purpose (ABC), but it’s good to double-check. If you’re dealing with grease or electrical fires, ensure your extinguisher is rated for those specific classes.

Is Your Fire Extinguisher Charged and Ready?

A fire extinguisher is only as good as its charge. Here’s how to make sure yours is ready for action:

  • Gauge Check: Look at the pressure gauge. If the needle is in the green zone, you’re good to go. If it’s in the red, it’s time for a recharge or replacement.

  • Seal and Pin: Ensure the tamper seal and pin are intact. These should only be removed during use.

  • Weight: Some extinguishers have a weight label. If it feels significantly lighter than its labeled weight, it might have lost some of its charge.

  • Inspection Tag: Regular inspections are key. Look at the tag for the last service date. Extinguishers should be inspected monthly and professionally serviced annually.

So there you have it! If your workplace needs fire extinguisher assistance, Suburban Technology is here to help, contact us.

Speaking of fires, does your fire alarm system need to be updated? Read the pros to updating your system – ready for an update? We do that too.

Stay safe and keep cool!

-Your Suburban Technology Team

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