3 Factors to Consider When Choosing Fire Extinguishers for Your Business

Posted on September 18th, 2018

No matter what sort of operation you’re managing, it is vital to have the appropriate fire safety systems properly equipped in your place of business. This doesn’t just mean sprinkler systems, either. Having a supply of fire extinguishers on hand is not only necessary for maintaining a safe environment for the people inside as well as the property itself, but it is also required by law in most establishments.

However, choosing the fire extinguishers that are right for your industrial or commercial operation is not as simple as you may think, and is about more than state fire regulations. Different kinds of fire extinguishers are designed to fight various types of fires.

Have a look at our list of factors to keep in mind as you purchase your fire extinguishers for your building, courtesy of our team here at AMC Fire Protection.

1. Consider the different kinds of fires

As mentioned, different kinds of fire extinguishers exist for different sorts of fires. Fire extinguishers meant for kitchens will not be suitable for stairwells, nor will fire extinguishers intended for hotel lobbies work for electrical wiring.

Fire extinguishers are divided into eight classes, according to the kind of fire they are designed to contain:

  • Water
  • Water Mist
  • Water Spray
  • Foam
  • Dry Powder – Standard
  • Dry Powder – Specialist
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
  • Wet Chemical

Identify which types of fires you should be on the lookout for at your establishment and plan accordingly.

2. Think about the size of the room

Larger and smaller rooms will require different fire extinguisher sizes. A fire extinguisher for a large warehouse will need to be bigger than the sort you would install in a small classroom or the backroom of a diner. With extinguisher sizes ranging from roughly 1.25 lbs. to 250 lbs., you should take note of which size would be most practical and effective.

3. Capabilities of inhabitants

The strength capabilities of the people in the building should also be noted as they can fluctuate according to the kind of establishment you’re running. While a 5 lb. fire extinguisher will be easy for most to handle, a 30 lb. container would be difficult for some to wield or lift.

Are you looking to have top-of-the-line fire protection systems installed in your industrial or commercial establishment? To learn more about what AMC Fire Protection can do for you, reach out to us today by calling 856-209-5887 or toll-free at 877-781-7878.