Facts about Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers are to be used immediately when a fire is discovered. They are most effective in early stages, when the fire is small. Safety in the area is maintained, because the fire does not spread and the generation of toxic smoke is stopped. Extinguishers must be place an dmounted on the wall for quick response to a fire. Mounted locations are selected for easy accessibility and quick removal. Technicians determinant the type and size to match potential fires. Extinguishing agents selection is also a prime factor. Here are common types to help you understand the importance.

Dry Checmical Extinguishers are verfy affordable but lease a residue which must ble cleaned up after any discharge.

ABC Multipurpose are installed throughout Class A building and residential buildings. The travel distance from any point is 75 feet. Insurance Companies required a minimum of one extinguishers on every public hallway floors for resident use.

CO2 Exinguishers are clean and leave no residue but have a short range. They are required in elevator motor rooms and any place where computer or electric gear is stored.

Class K Extinguishers contains wet chemicals. They are required in commercial kitchens for appliances that use cooking oil.

Extinguishers are required in the following areas:

  • Boiler
  • Electric Meter room
  • Gas Meter room
  • Elevator Room (roof) or Hydraulic room in basement.
  • Garbage Compactor Room
  • Electric Generator
  • Laundry Room
  • Cellular Roof Antenna
  • Super’s wo\rkshop
  • Fire Pump Room

Any time wher eroof paved or has deck and residents can hvae BBQ’s on the bulkhead or near cooking appliances.

These are a bried description and not comprehensive. They are handy reminders of common fire extinguishers deficiency violations. The most common fire extinguishers required the Fire Insurance Company is the 10lbs ABC.

The FDNY in 2019 strengthened their portable fire extinguishers requirement with the new high teck inspection tags. Currently they are in the process of testing scanning and software technology which will give them better control. The software will potentially tell them:

  1. Your building’s address
  2. How many fire extinguishers you have
  3. The fire extinguishers ID and the inspection Tag’s ID
  4. The name of the inspector that placed the tag
  5. Expiration date

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