There are different sizes of fire extinguishers for a reason.
Which size is best for you? How long will it last? Where should I store it?
When it’s time to use a fire extinguisher that last thing you need is confusion.
Let’s take you through some of the more important points and point you in the right direction. It’s all about making sure you are safe and using a fire extinguisher is easy for you.
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First up, there is a range of fire extinguisher sizes suitable for situations that can occur at home or a work environment.
The basic range of fire extinguisher sizes
When it comes to choosing the size of a fire extinguisher there’s a few things you need to know to make the right choice.
The key is to know what the fire extinguisher will be used for and where it will be positioned in your home or workplace.
For example, there is a need to have a Wet Chemical fire extinguisher for fires that occur in a kitchen such as fats or oils catching alight.
In the workplace, there may be a large storeroom or warehouse. This is where you will need to ensure that the entire area can be covered by a number of fire extinguishers.
The fire extinguisher range includes the standard models in the following weights;
- 2 kg
- 9 kg
It’s important to note that the total weight of the fire extinguisher is more than the amount of fire retardant inside. For example, a 9kg extinguisher has an overall weight of 13.5kgs.
That brings up the issue of who is able to use the fire extinguisher and if there is anyone on site who may struggle to use an extinguisher – especially one of the larger and heavier models.
Is the size suitable for the people who will use it?
Most people are able to lift and operate a 2 or 2.5kg capacity fire extinguisher. However, a model at or above the 4.5kg weight may be difficult for some people to handle.
There is a solution to the weight issues if there is a need for the firefighting power of a larger extinguisher like the 9kg model. A good idea is to install two smaller extinguishers side by side. If one is not sufficient to deal with the fire, then the second extinguisher can be used as a back-up.
The size of your extinguishers is important so is keeping them in a safe environment that is easy to reach.
It is not a good idea to have your extinguisher outside where weather and insects can severely impact how effectively it will work. Remember to always report any damage to the extinguisher, any changes in pressure and after any time it has been used.
Get advice from the experts at Jim’s Fire Safety
It’s easy to be overwhelmed with the many issues of fire safety and details like the difference in the different fire extinguisher sizes and uses.
That’s where Jim’s Fire Safety has you covered. Our fire extinguisher inspection, fire hose reel testing, and fire blanket inspection services are all completed according to strict NZS4503:2005 standards.
Jim’s Fire Safety technicians are highly trained and experienced with all the different types of extinguishers. For more details on which of the fire extinguisher sizes and models will suit your needs, see the experts. Call us now or fill in the online form for a free quote.