When it comes to fire safety in your home or business, it is vital to understand that not all types of fire are the same. There are various kinds of fires, because they are produced by different types of fuels—hence, the need for the right type of fire extinguisher. In Australia, there are six main types of fire extinguisher classes that you can install in your business premises.
This class of fire extinguishers is used to extinguish fires that involve carbonaceous solids (contain carbon as the main fuel element) such as plastics, paper products, fabrics of textiles, rubber based products, cloth, coal, and grass among others. Extinguishers that fall in this category are water, Powder ABE, foam and wet chemical fire extinguishers.
This category is comprised of extinguishers that are used to put off fires that involve flammable and combustible liquids. These include oil, petrol, tar, paint, wax, kerosene, and lubricants. Extinguishers in this class include foam, Powder ABE and BE.
These are used for fires involving combustible gases (such as LPG, LNG, propane and butane among others). The extinguishers are mainly used to put off fires of this nature before pressure builds to produce other complex events. Class C fire extinguishers are Powder ABE and BE.
Class D extinguishers are used for fires involving combustible metals such as sodium, potassium, aluminum and magnesium shavings. They are mostly used in laboratories.
These are extinguishers used to stop electrical fires. Though electricity cannot be categorized as a fuel, it burns like a fuel. In fact, it is a dangerous compilation of fire as it is both a source of fuel and electric shock. Extinguishers in this category include carbon dioxide, vaporizing liquid, and powder ABE and BE extinguishers.
Extinguishers in this class are used to stop fires caused by cooking oil (vegetable oil, lards) and fat based products. They include wet chemical and Powder BE extinguishers.
Having the right safety fire equipment is crucial both at home and at the workplace—for a number of reasons. To begin with, it can help you put out fire quickly, especially if your employees know where the equipment is located and understand how to use it.
Most fires start out small. Having the right safety equipment means that you can usually put it out before it causes damage to your documents and other valuables. Additionally, it makes your family, employees, and other occupants safer. No employee will ever feel safe working on premises that are potential fire hazards with inadequate safety equipment. The more safety equipment you have in place, the safer your occupants will be.
Lastly, having the right safety equipment simply means less chance of human loss or injury. The loss of human life cannot be compared to loss of property. Having injured employees in the course of a preventable fire is not only tragic, but a potential lawsuit in the making. As an employer, it is your responsibility to provide a safe working environment for your employees.
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