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Did you know that fire extinguishers don’t last forever? Do you remember when you bought your workplace extinguishers? If an extinguisher is over ten years old, you may want to have it tested by a fire safety professional. If it’s more than fifteen years old, you should plan to replace it with a newer model. And if you can’t remember, chances are it may be an antique model! In addition, you should replace any fire extinguisher that has problems such as a cracked or ripped nozzle, a wobbly handle, or a missing or unsealed locking pin on the handle.


Buying new fire extinguishers is relatively simple, but having expert advice can be helpful. Extinguishers are designed for different types of fires. The Ontario Fire Code definition for each type is as follows:

  • Class A extinguisher: designed for fires fuelled by ordinary combustibles such as wood and paper textiles (e.g. pressurized water)
  • Class B extinguisher: designed for fires fuelled by flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil, grease, tar, paint (e.g. carbon dioxide)
  • Class C extinguisher: designed for fires in electrical equipment (e.g. carbon dioxide)
  • Class ABC extinguisher: a multi-purpose extinguisher (e.g. dry chemical)
  • Class D extinguisher: designed for fires fuelled by combustible metals such as magnesium, potassium, powdered aluminum, zinc, sodium, titanium, zirconium and lithium (e.g. sand)
If you’re unsure which types you need for your business, consult a company that specializes in fire safety. These companies often supply high-quality fire extinguishers or can recommend outlets that do.


Inspection and Maintenance


Another thing that many business owners don’t realize is that they should inspect their fire extinguishers monthly to make sure that they are in the right place and that they’re fully available for employees to use. You should also have maintenance performed on your extinguisher annually to ascertain whether or not needs repair or replacement. And, finally, some extinguishers may need to be sent out for hydrostatic testing by a professional.


Operation of the Fire Extinguisher


If a fire breaks out, your employees will need to know how to use the fire extinguishers. Most are operated by pulling the locking pin, holding the hose with one hand, (or pointing the nozzle), and pressing or squeezing the handle or trigger with your other hand.


However, it’s best to train your employees formally in the equipment you have. Invite a fire safety expert to come to speak to your staff about preventing fires, to inspect your fire safety equipment, and to instruct everyone onsite in operating your particular model. He or she can also work with you to develop a clear plan for evacuation in case of emergency.


Fire can be devastating. Stay safe by keeping fire safety at the top of your to-do list by finding fire extinguisher suppliers near you.


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