It’s important to use the right fire extinguisher for the right situation. Otherwise the results can be devastating. Every office and business can benefit by being equipped with a CO2 fire extinguisher. Why? Iowa and Illinois businesses must have this type of extinguisher on hand to effectively smother electrical fires.
Function of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher
In general, fires need oxygen to flourish. CO2 fire extinguishers disperse carbon dioxide, a non-conductive and noncorrosive gas that effectively suppresses fires. The CO2 within these extinguishers is kept at a high-pressure liquid state. These extinguishers are highly effective for combating flames originating from electrical equipment as well as those originating from the ignition of certain flammable liquids.
Correct Use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher
Using a CO2 fire extinguisher is simple, but must be done correctly to ensure proper results. The steps are as follows:
- Pull out the safety pin
- Direct the nozzle at the base of the fire
- Softly squeeze the lever to disperse the CO2 gas
- Use a lateral sweeping motion to smother the flames
- Repeat this sweeping motion as necessary until the flames are extinguished
Proper Maintenance and Inspection
As with any fire extinguisher, proper maintenance and inspection should be performed on your CO2 fire extinguisher unit in order to ensure its effectiveness year-round. It should be placed in a protective cabinet to protect from accidental or intentional contact. However, the unit should be easily accessible. You should also have your device inspected at least once a year by certified inspector – and if you notice any defect in the device at any time, have it evaluated immediately.
At Getz Fire Equipment Company, we have you covered when it comes to emergency services for your CO2 fire extinguishers and buying them. Contact us if you need on-site servicing, recharging or simply advice on placement of your extinguishers.