When it comes to securing your home or office from fire, fire extinguishers are a must. You might install all the fire alarms that you want, but no property is protected from fire unless it is equipped with the appropriate fire extinguishers in all key areas. At Amptec Fire & Security, we offer tested extinguishers to help you with fire protection and security. When you get in touch with us, we assess your property to determine the kind of fire extinguisher required.
Amptec Fire & Security has the right kind of fire extinguishers for all kinds of properties, whether it's a downtown apartment or a retail store. Call us to find out how we can help you with a fire extinguisher in Edmonton. Alternatively, you can send us a message with your request and we will get back to you promptly.
Types of Fires and Fire Extinguishers
Did you know there are different types of fire extinguishers designed to fight distinct classes of fires? Installing a fire extinguisher in Edmonton will be of little help against a class of fire that it is not designed to fight. To fight fire with fire (so to speak), you should first understand the different classes of fires so you can buy the right equipment:
A Class A fire involves the burning of commonly found materials, such as paper, cardboard, plastics, wood, etc. Class A fire extinguishers are assigned numeric ratings indicating how much water they can hold and the amount of fire one can expect to extinguish. Class A fire extinguishers are denoted with a green triangle symbol.
A Class B fire typically involves flammable or combustible liquids, which may include gasoline, kerosene, grease, oil or organic solvents. Class B fire extinguishers are usually given numeric ratings indicating how many square feet of fire they’re capable of extinguishing. Class B fire extinguishers are denoted with a red square symbol.
A Class C fire usually involves electrical equipment, including appliances, wiring, switches, panel boxes, hot plates, etc. A Class C fire is dangerous to put out with water because of the risks associated with electrical shock. Class C fire extinguishers are non-conductive and are denoted with a blue circle symbol.
A Class D fire will likely involve a combustible metal, such as magnesium, titanium, potassium or sodium, which might have a violent reaction with water, air or another chemical. Therefore, Class D fire extinguishers are typically used in a chemical laboratory setting because they’re used to fight Class D fires only. This type of fire extinguisher is denoted with a yellow decagon symbol.
A Class K fire happens in the kitchen, usually involving cooking oils, trans-fats or fats in appliances. Therefore, Class K fire extinguishers are usually found in restaurants and cafeteria settings. This type of fire extinguisher is usually denoted with a black hexagon symbol.
Are you confused about the kind of fire extinguisher you need? Reach out to us, and we'll assess your property to recommend the right fire extinguisher for you. Amptec Fire & Security’s trained technicians will install fire extinguishers with care and expertise.
Using a Fire Extinguisher
Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is a life-saving skill that everyone must-have. Our skilled technicians will demonstrate and explain the process of using a fire extinguisher during installation. Another simple method of remembering how to use one is knowing how to PASS:
Pulling: The first step in using your fire extinguisher is pulling its pin.
Aiming: You must carefully aim the nozzle of your fire extinguisher towards the base of the fire.
Squeezing: Once you've aimed your fire extinguisher, you have to squeeze or press its handle.
Sweeping: The nozzle of your fire extinguisher should be swept from side-to-side at the base of the fire to put it out.
Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is not all it takes to eliminate the fire. When it comes to your fire protection plan, you should follow certain practices with regard to your fire extinguishers to protect your home and business:
When buying your fire extinguishers, choose a reliable company like Amptec Fire & Security, that adheres to all the standards.
Fire extinguishers should be placed in escape routes and areas that are visible and easily accessible by someone who can use it.
Visually inspect the condition of your extinguishers at least once a month.
Your fire extinguishers should be kept in proper working condition with yearly maintenance services.