Many individuals and companies find it hard to assess available options when it comes to fire extinguishers. It can be difficult to know which fire extinguisher will best meet your needs for fire safety and prevention. If you choose the wrong fire extinguisher, it may be ineffective to fight a certain type of fire that may occur. For places of business or other types of facilities with specific hazards, it is important to have one or more CO2 fire extinguishers on hand to deal with potential fires. The advantage to having a CO2 fire extinguisher is that it does not leave a mess to clean up.
CO2 extinguishers utilize carbon dioxide gas. This gas is a nonconductive and noncorrosive gas that suppresses the oxygen that a fire needs to flourish and grow. These extinguishers hold the CO2 in a high-pressure liquid state. Wherever there is electrical equipment, which exists in most buildings, commercial businesses, homes, a CO2 extinguisher can be very useful. These extinguishers are also effective at suppressing fires that start from an ignition source and flammable liquids.
Using the Extinguisher
In order to use a CO2 fire extinguisher effectively, a correct procedure must be followed. First, pull the safety pin. Secondly, aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Do not aim above the base. The next step is to squeeze lever gently to allow the dispensing of the CO2 gas. With a side to side sweeping motion, continue to attack the fire until it is put out. This action should be continued until all flames are effectively suppressed.
You want to be sure that your CO2 fire extinguisher is properly maintained and protected from damage. Secure your extinguisher in a fire extinguisher cabinet to protect it from accidental or intentional contact that could damage the unit and make it ineffective when an emergency occurs. The extinguisher should be accessible to individuals who need to know where it is located and how to use it when necessary.
It is important to have fire extinguishers inspected on a routine basis. Many times this may involve a yearly inspection by an inspector who visits your facility or by taking the extinguisher to a servicing location to have it inspected.
If you notice any defects with your fire extinguisher at any time, it is important to have it evaluated immediately.
For more information about how we can help service your fire safety and fire extinguisher needs, contact our team today at Getz Fire Equipment Company.