General Info Extinguisher
General information about the Extinguisher
A fire extinguisher is something that is often overlooked until it is too late. A properly maintained fire extinguisher can help to prevent small problems from turning into large ones. If your business or home does not have a fire extinguisher or has an old fire extinguisher that does not work properly, you need to get one or replace the old fire extinguisher. A fire extinguisher is more than just a good suggestion for your home or business, it is a necessity. If you are interested in purchasing a fire extinguisher from GTS, or would like to see the different fire extinguishers we offer, please visit our Showroom.
With so many fire extinguishers to choose from, selecting the proper one for your need can be a daunting task. Everyone should have at least one fire extinguisher at home, in the car, in the building, ....
The standards stipulate that no person should be more than 30 meters from a fire extinguisher
The general guideline is 1 x 9L Water or Foam per 200sq Meters plus an extinguisher for special risk such as a CO2 for electrical or liquid fires
If you have special circumstances or feel unsure please contact GTS for more details
It's just as important to ensure you have the proper type of fire extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers are divided into four categories, based on different types of fires. Each fire extinguisher also has a numerical rating that serves as a guide for the amount of fire the extinguisher can handle. The higher the number, the more fire-fighting power.
The following is a quick guide to help choose the right type of extinguisher.
Class A extinguishers are for ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard, and most plastics.
Class B fires involve flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease and oil.
Class C fires involve electrical equipment, such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets. Never use water to extinguish class C fires - the risk of electrical shock is far too great!. The C classification means the extinguishing agent is non-conductive.
Class D fire extinguishers are commonly found in a chemical laboratory. They are for fires that involve combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, potassium and sodium.
Some fires may involve a combination of these classifications. Your fire extinguishers should have ABC ratings on them.
It is vital to know what type of extinguisher you are using. Using the wrong type of extinguisher for the wrong type of fire can be life-threatening.