Portable Fire Extinguisher
NFPA 10, Chapter 5, fire extinguishers are required to be provided fro the protection of both the building structure and the occupancy hazards within.
Before Fighting A Fire, Be Sure that…
- You’ve been trained to operate the portable fire extinguisher
- Everyone not designated to use extinguishers is leaving the area,<br>and someone has sounded the alarm or called the fire department.
- You have an unobstructed escape route in case you can’t put out the fire.
- You know what’s burning and your extinguisher is correct for the fire.
It’s dangerous to use water or an extinguisher labeled only for Class A fires on a fire involving flammable liquids and any energized electrical equipment.
Extinguishers labeled Class D must match the type of metal that is burning. Metals will be listed on the label.
Extinguishers with a Class K rating are for fighting a fire in a commercial (cooking)fryers. Multipurpose extinguishers labeled Class A, B, C are not appropriate for such cases.
Note: Dry chemicals discharge from multipurpose extinguishers are corrosive. Clean electronic components immediately.
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