Class D fires are extremely rare because they are associated with combustible metals. These metals are lithium, manganese, aluminum and sodium. There are high numbers of employees that would know to choose between a water fire extinguisher to put out a paper fire and a class B extinguisher to deal with combustible liquid fire. However, there are many employees that may not want to admit that they do not know enough about metal fires and the use of class D fire extinguishers as it pertains to those fires. It is important to know when and how you should use these extinguishers.
Understanding the Risk
Should a metal fire occur within an organization, using the wrong fire extinguisher could cause the fire to spread, rather than contain it. The use of a class D fire extinguisher can be trained to a diversity of your employees, who will be prepared to help save your establishment in the event of a small fire.
It is important to educate your employees on how they can quickly observe problems in the beginning of a fire rather than trying to find a solution when a fire or danger has become too large to deal with.
Most businesses will understand if they have combustible metals within their environment and will take the appropriate action to install the correct fire extinguishers nearby in the appropriate cabinets.
Class D fire extinguishers are designed to smother the flames and therefore, cut off the supply of oxygen to the fire. This will stop the fire from burning and therefore stop causing a dangerous hazard to your business.
When you need to purchase, update, or have your current fire extinguishers checked on a regular maintenance schedule, we are prepared to be your consistent first point of contact. Our class D fire extinguishers are perfect for use with combustible metal fires. We will be pleased to explain basic information and our training plans to help educate your employees. It is better to train more individuals than required, just in case of your worst-case scenario.