A fire extinguisher can be a lifesaver. Placed near an exit, in an easy-to-grab spot, it can put out a small fire before the firefighters arrive, or at least suppress the flames while you escape.
Purchasing Fire Extinguishers for your business can be tricky. Especially in Manhattan Fire Extinguishers need to be placed properly. Different sized and shaped spaces as well as enclosed areas have different fire prevention needs. There are differences between commercial fire extinguishers. These are generally defined by classes (A, B or C) and relate to low, medium and high hazards.
All types of areas present the possibility for significant damage to be done. Class A (trash, wood, and paper), Class B (liquids and gases), and Class C (energized electrical equipment) fires.
Generally a Class A commercial spaces could be a Church, Office, Hall, Classroom and a Lobby. In NYC Fire Extinguishers can put out a Class A fire with a discharge time of 7 to 15 seconds, a discharge range of 10 to 15 feet, and operating pressures ranging from 100 to 225 PSI. Such fire extinguishers are multipurpose dry chemical units and fight all types of fires including trash, wood, paper, liquids, electrical equipment. The pressure gauge allows for immediate pressure status check, and generally have a powder coated aluminum cylinder for corrosion protection. They are rechargeable with a wall hanger included. The main point is that such fire extinguishers need to meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which is an independent facility that tests products for compliance with widely-accepted safety standards.
For areas in Manhattan or Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx or Staten Island, Class B Fire Extinguishers would be necessary in areas such as Show Rooms, Parking Garages, Restaurants and Light Manufacturing Facilities. You want a discharge time of 7-15 seconds, with discharge range of 10 to 15 feet; operating pressure is 195 PSI Class C areas are commercial spaces such as heavy manufacturing facilities, auto body and other repair shops, places where flammable liquids are stored. Like with Class B Fire Extinguishers, the PSI is the same at 195 but with discharge time of 19-21 seconds (longer and more chemical agent) and further discharge range 20-25 feet.[note_box]We also provide annual service to your fire extinguishers, some insurance companies require a monthly check. This will be the subject of an upcoming blog and video.[/note_box]