There are numerous uses for fire extinguishers and directly linked to this a variety of models for different environments. By defining the need for an extinguisher, a person will be able to select the right model for his or her location. Extinguishers are broken into several models: A, B, C, D, and K; a common commercial extinguisher often combines three forms, which is called the ‘ABC’ model.
Each letter denotes a specialized use for the extinguisher, and they are loaded with materials that can put out exactly that type fires. A quick overview of what each model is intended for will help individuals who are looking to make a purchase for business or residential needs. Assessing fire risks within the home or the work environment is the most important aspect in the fire extinguisher sale process.
‘A’ model extinguishers, indicated by a green triangle, are designed to put out everyday solid combustibles. ‘B’ model extinguishers, with a red square, combat flammable liquids and gasses. ‘C’ model extinguishers have a blue circle and smother electric equipment fires that are electrically live.
The two less common extinguishers are ‘D’ and ‘K’ models. ‘D’ model extinguishers, noted by a yellow star, are used on flammable metals. ‘K’ model extinguishers are labeled with a black hexagon, and are commonly found in kitchens, and are made to put out fires in cooking oils and fats. Using the wrong model to quench a fire will not be effective and may be extremely hazardous in itself, so it is important to have the correct equipment on hand.
Fire extinguisher sales outlets will be stocked with all the possible equipment a person will want to ensure that his or her business appropriately addresses this key element of any fire prevention strategy. In locations where flammable items are fixed in place or the overall area that needs covering is small, purchasing hand held extinguishers, mounted when not in use on a bracket, will be effective. These locations include residential areas such as apartments, duplexes, lofts and houses as well as some office buildings. In other areas, wheeled portable units will be preferable. These locations will include construction sites, warehouses and plants, and mobile worksites.
In addition to the consideration of selecting portable extinguishers versus mounted ones, considering installing fire boxes for safe storage is another option. Locking fire boxes ensure that in case of emergency no units will have been tampered with. They also ensure that in the event of a fire, the fire prevention tools will be in a predetermined location and in working order.
Most often, selecting amongst the range of ‘ABC’ fire extinguishers for sale is the best choice. By combining the most common sources of fire with the components to quell it, the ‘ABC’ model is a very effective multi-purpose solution. Safety regulations have standardized ‘ABC’ extinguishers. Each unit must meet the minimum requirement of being filled with enough material to a smother three thousand square feet area. The most common unit size is five pounds; however, for areas that require more protection, ten and fifteen pound extinguishers can be purchased.
For environments with specialized needs, the ‘ABC’ model may need to be broken down into its separate components. ‘A’ only extinguishers are useful in establishments where burning wood, paper or other common combustibles are consistently present. With large amounts of burning material forming a key part of a business’s everyday routine, the specialization factor can make the difference between a successful smothering and things getting out of control.
In the same way, ‘B’ only units are effective at gas stations and locations where the potential for large quantities of burning gasses can be found, it is common practice for power plants and Power Districts to carry a high quantity of ‘C’ only units to address electrical fires. While it may be useful to possess a generic extinguisher for multi-purpose environments, in specialized locations owning often in addition a dedicated extinguisher is the safest choice.
In more specialized settings finding a ‘D’ or ‘K’ model fire extinguisher for sale will be the best option. ‘D’ models are most useful in metal shops and are commonly found on oil rigs and construction sites where grinding tools are in common use. Metal fires are extremely hazardous; owning oversized ‘D’ extinguishers are a common solution.
The ‘K’ model is a staple in any commercial kitchen, and in many localities, it has been mandated by law to be present. When a person is shopping directly for a kitchen environment, considering overhead extinguishing systems is another excellent fire control system. These extinguishers can be installed directly into the exhaust fan over a steam table and set to fire remotely from a location at a safe distance from the source of flame.
A fire extinguisher sales specialist should be able to answer any buyer’s questions for placements in locations that are unclear. Successfully selecting the right equipment is part of their professional training, and having a basic knowledge of how and why to select a certain model will help the buyer to participate, and detail the hazards of his or her home or work place with enough detail to successfully manage the fire risk.