Fire extinguishers and why there are different kinds

Knowing the right kinds of fire extinguisher and fire safety service for your place is critical to staying fire safe.

It can easily become overwhelming to try and work out what type of fire extinguisher is needed for the different areas of your workplace. Then you will probably ask yourself whether you meet all your fire safety obligations.

This is the critical question and one that you need to know that the answer is Yes.

Just having a fire extinguisher somewhere within your workplace is not enough. It can actually give you a false sense of security in thinking that you can tackle a fire if one breaks out.

The trouble is there are different types of fires and that’s why there are different kinds of fire extinguishers in NZ.

Fire Extinguishers in NZ

It may seem strange that in these safety conscious times there is still not enough attention placed in fire safety measures. This includes having access to fully functional fire extinguishers in the workplace.

Fire extinguishers are the first line of defence in the case of a fire breaking out. Every second counts when it comes to dealing with a fire and getting it under control.

A small fire can quickly spread. Statistics show that a fire can double in size every 30 seconds. Within a matter of three minutes, everything in a room can be set alight. That is why having the right fire extinguisher within easy access can make all the difference in tackling a fire.

It’s not enough just to have a fire extinguisher (or fire hose reel or fire blanket) within reach, you need to know that it will function properly in that emergency situation.

It is not just property that can be saved. It could be the life of someone at that location.

Having the appropriate fire equipment and safety measures is a law throughout New Zealand. Heavy penalties apply if you are found to have been negligent or you don’t meet the safety standards.

It is the role of every employer and/or manager to ensure that fire safety is maintained.

Different fires and different fire extinguishers

Different fires and different fire extinguishers

The different classes of fire have led to the different kinds of fire extinguishers in NZ.

It can be confusing to work out what class of fire you might have to deal with and what the fuel fire will be.

Some fires start from paper, wood, fabric or even plastic.

Other fires may catch alight from paint, gas, an overloaded electrical cable, cooking oil or even combustible metals. Each of these is a different class of fire and needs the correct fire extinguisher to deal with it.

The basics of any fire are the same. Every fire needs three elements to sustain itself and grow.

These are;

  • Oxygen
  • Heat
  • Fuel

To put a fire out, the fire extinguisher must eliminate at least one of these elements.

Using the wrong extinguisher for that particular type of fire can not only be ineffective, it can even make the fire worse.

The last thing you need is to try and put out a fire but actually increase its intensity and the danger that it poses.

What is the best step in making sure your fire safety is under control?
Put it in the hands of the experts.

Having the right fire safety measures in place

kinds of fire extinguisher

Jim’s Fire Safety – the trusted name in fire safety throughout NZ

It doesn’t make sense to spend your valuable time trying to ensure that you have the right fire safety measures in place and that all your fire equipment is correctly maintained. After all, you have a business to run and your time is precious.

Having your fire equipment properly checked and tested at the appropriate times is easy when you deal with the top team in New Zealand.

With the highly trained experts at Jim’s Fire Safety, your fire protection and testing needs are all taken care of.

You can have a thorough and detailed inspection of your workplace completed with recommendations for the most appropriate fire equipment and where they should be positioned. With the skills and knowledge of the Jim’s Fire Safety team behind you, there’s no need to worry about staying fire safe.

The full range of quality fire safety services is available, including fire extinguisher, fire hose reel, fire blankets and even RCD testing and inspections.

The best fire safety services give you the best chance to reduce your fire risk. That’s why Jim’s Fire Safety are the trusted name you can rely on.

Contact Jim’s Fire Safety today through the online form for a free quote on safety testing and inspection services.