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Fire Extinguishers Extinguish an Estimated 5.32 Million Fires in US in 2010

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 10/17/11 11:52 AM

According to the most recent NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) data, in 2010 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,331,500 fires. These fires resulted in 3,120 civilian fire fatalities, 17,720 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $15,478,000,000 in direct property loss.
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Of these fires 98,000 were responded to in commercial or municipal buildings. Of the over $11.6 billion in property damage, more than $2.6 billion took place in these non-residential structures. This represents an average loss per reported incident in non-residential / commercial structures of over $34,000.

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Topics: Fire Suppression, Home Fire, A Fire Extinguisher, Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Fire Extinguisher Success Stories, Type D Fire Extinguisher, D Fire Extinguisher, B Fire Extinguisher, C Fire Extinguisher, Type A Fire Extinguisher, Type B Fire Extinguisher, Type C Fire Extinguisher, Type ABC Fire Extinguisher, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Success Stories

Fire Extinguisher Stops Fire At VA Medical Center

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 5/27/11 11:41 AM

At en-Gauge, we are always keeping our eyes open for Fire Extinguisher Success Stories,   We

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Topics: Healthcare, A Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Success Stories, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Electronic Monitoring

Fire Exinguisher Vandalism Roundup

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 1/25/11 10:12 AM

Vandals continue to do thousands of dollars of damage and interrupt business and community activities by carelessly using fire extinguishers in acts of vandalism.  We continue to be amazed a how many articles come across our desk describing the damage and disruption caused by these acts of fire extinguisher vandalism.  Here are just a handful of the examples from the last few weeks.


Michigan Church Close For Over A Week Due to Fire Extinguisher Vandalism


The Eureka Christian Church in Clinton County Michigan was extensively vandalized by intruders that took delight in having a fire extinguisher fight with multiple dry chemical fire extinguishers.  According toWILX.com:



Volunteers showed up at Eureka Christian Church to help clean up, but were shocked to find more damage than they could handle. Some people snuck into the church gym and had a ball blasting three fire extinguishers.


"It's everywhere. It's on the tables, on the chairs, on the lights, and on the floor. It's just filth," said Eureka Christian Church member Karry Shears of the extinguisher residue.


"When I walked in and saw the damage my heart fell to the ground," said 43-year church member Todd Colley.


...Their insurance company estimates the job will take at least two weeks to clean, but has not determined how much the damage will cost.


The residue for the fire extinguishers is still thick in the air 3 days after the incident and has covered nearly every surface.


A long term concern the church may need to address is that the dry chemicals from extinguishers is corrosive to electronics and extremely difficult to remove from the delicate instrumentation.  The best way to discourage fire extinguisher vandalism is to know when it is taking place by using a fire extinguisher monitoring solution like that provided by en-Gauge.


 


Vandals Coat Spokane, WA School Gyms with Fire Extinguisherslarge_fire-extinguisher-vandalism-crews-clean-floor


In an all to familiar story, vandals broke into a school overnight and the staff came in to find a huge mess and a major disruption to business as ususal.



This photo from KREM.com gives an indication of just how much area a vandal can impact by discharging just a single fire extinguisher.


 



Former Hewlett-Packard Building Vandalized with Fire Extinguishers


In Greeley, Colorado police arrested 3 teenaged boys involved in a truly expensive act of vandalism.  According to The Greeley Tribune:



Three 16-year-old boys were arrested by Greeley police after they were found inside the old Hewlett-Packard building in west Greeley, where they were accused of causing up to $100,000 in damage.


Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said police received a call from a watchman at the plant, in the 900 block of 71st Avenue, at about 11 a.m. Thursday. The caller said he saw three boys setting off fire extinguishers inside the building.


Police arrived minutes later and found the three boys hiding on the roof of the building.


Based on the feedback from the community regarding this story on the Tribune website, passions are running high about the amount of damage and the need to make an example of these vandals.



$10,000 of damage to Eureka, MO High School Pool due to Fire Exinguisher Vandalism


Why is it that schools get hit so hard by vandals that think it is funny to discharge these vital life safety devices as a prank.  With the vandals caught in this situation and a $10K price tag plus criminal charges pending, they probably no longer think it was a very clever idea.  According to the Eureka-Wildwood Patch:



Damage to the school's pool was deemed "extensive," and estimated to cost  more than $10,000.


Wiegand said the police report filed by Eureka police and school resource officer Michael Smith indicated the incident was reported by Eureka's athletic director Jason Green.


"(Green's) statements outlined that he found chemicals floating in the pool from fire extinguishers being sprayed there, and on the equipment of the school's aquatic sports department, which rendered the pool and items unoperable," Wiegand said.


....Monday night, Eureka High School physical education teacher and swim coach Sharon Wasson said the pool underwent extensive cleaning, but that the swimmers were happy to have it return to operational. St. Louis-based catastrophe and restoration company CATCO, handled the cleaning project.  She said they did a phenomenal job with the situation.


 


Don't be taken by surprise by vandals.  Start monitoring your fire extinguisher 24/7/365 with the en-Gauge electronic fire extinguisher monitoring system and be sure that your first line of defense against fires is where is needs to be, accessible and ready for proper use. 

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Topics: Education, Fire Extinguisher Vandalism, Fire Extinguisher, Vandalism, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Campus Fire and Security, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, ABC Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Inspections Not Enough for National Hotel Chain

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 1/4/11 9:45 AM

This past week I stayed in Miami in a boutique size, big chain hotel.  My stay at the hotel was terrific.  Helpful and friendly staff, clean rooms and well kept facilities made my stay very pleasant,  I would gladly stay there again.   Even in this well run hotel, however,  the fire extinguisher outside my room was empty.

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Inspections, OSHA 1910, Fire Extinguisher, Codes and Standards, Annual Inspection, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Compliance, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Hotel and Hospitality, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, NFPA 10, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Empty Fire Extinguisher, Depressurized Fire Extinguisher

Electronic Monitoring Works With All Types of Fire Extinguishers

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 12/15/10 8:57 AM

All too often we are asked if the en-Gauge technology will work with “X” brand of fire extinguisher 
Amerex-fire-extinguisher-logoand over and over we give the same reply, yes.


medium_buckeye-fire-extinguisher-logoYes to Amerex. Yes to Ansul. Yes to Badger. Yes to Buckeye. Yes to Kidde. Yes, Yes Yes. (Note the alphabetical response).

Any fire extinguisher that requires a pressure gauge can be retrofitted with en-Gauge technology
ansul-fire-extinguisher-logo. A standard pressure gauge has a component UL listing and so does an en-Gauge enabled pressure gauge. So if your building has Buckeye fire extinguishers and you want to retrofit them, you may. Your new project specifies Amerex extinguishers? No problem.

CO2 extinguishers or cartridge operated units, also not a problem. There’s an en-Gauge collar that can be 
badger-fire-extinguisher-logo_(1)utilized with these
kidde-fire-extinguisher-logotypes of units and will monitor for location, position, obstruction and immediate removal.

So as you are looking at the Kidde or Ansul extinguishers in your facility and you want to get them en-Gauge enabled – go right ahead.

 

 

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher, Type D Fire Extinguisher, D Fire Extinguisher, B Fire Extinguisher, C Fire Extinguisher, Type A Fire Extinguisher, Type B Fire Extinguisher, Type C Fire Extinguisher, Type ABC Fire Extinguisher, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Badger Fire Extinguishers, Kidde Fire Extinguishers, Buckeye Fire Extinguishers, Ansul Fire Extinguishers, Amerex Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguisher Training - Bullex Digital Solutions for Improved Live Training

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 12/7/10 4:58 PM

en-Gauge is great proponent of Fire Extinguisher Training and believes it is a vital aspect of every organization's life safety program.  With that said, we love how Bullex Digital Safety is using innovative technology to improve fire extinguisher training for thousands of people (major bonus, they do so while lowering live training's cost and impact on the environment).


Their Interactive Training System (I.T.S) uses a portable fire system that runs on propane to simulate a fire in its early stages.  The program takes advantage of a Type A water extinguisher for the exercises (cutting down on expense and environmental impact, while allowing for quick and easy refills), even though the fire unit can simulate a class A, B or C fire.  The system reacts to the technique that the student utilizes when trying to put out the fire and ensures that the student fight the fire effectively.  With multiple levels of difficulty, the system can provide a challenge for all students going through fire extinguisher training.


Check out this video for details on how it works:



They also offer a purely digital fire solution (called HotShot) in which students utilize real extinguishers to put out 'digital' fires, while still using real extinguishers.  This provides a great solution for situations in which live fire is not an option.

 



Understanding fire and how to effectively fight it requires fire extinguisher training. With companies like BullEx leading the way, ensuring building occupants are ready in an emergency just got easier.

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Topics: Fire Suppression, A Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher, Type D Fire Extinguisher, Environmental Protection, D Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Training, B Fire Extinguisher, C Fire Extinguisher, Type A Fire Extinguisher, Type B Fire Extinguisher, Type C Fire Extinguisher, Type ABC Fire Extinguisher, Environment, ABC Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Training - A Critical Component of Your Life Safety Program

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 12/6/10 4:46 PM

Fire Extinguishers are your organization's first line of defense against fire and a critical part of your life safety plan.  They are designed to put out or control small fires, but it is vital that building occupants understand and get trained on the basics of fire safety and fire extinguisher use. 


Why is fire extinguisher training important? 


According to the University of Norhtern Iowa:

A fire is the most common type of emergency for which all businesses must plan. A critical decision when planning is whether or not employees should fight a small fire with a portable fire extinguisher or simply evacuate. Small fires can often be put out quickly with a portable fire extinguisher. However, to do this safely, the employee must understand the use and limitation of a portable fire extinguisher and the hazards associated with fighting fires.


What does fire extinguisher training consist of?


For an individual to properly assess and react in a fire situation, Fire Extinguisher Training generally consists of several components.


Fire Basics.


The components of fire, how fires start and spread.fire_extinguisher_training


Fuel Classifications. 


Understanding the four types of fuel sources for fires.  A. General Combustibles like wood, cloth, paper, rubber; B. Flamable liquids, gases, greases, Petroleum products; C. Energized electrical equipment, and; D. Combustible metals like sodium, potassium, magnesium


Types of Extinguishers. 


What are they types of extinguisher and which types of fires they can be used on.


How Fire Extinguishers Work. 


Components of a fire extinguisher, how they suppress various types of fires, pressure systems, etc.


Rules for Fighting a Fire. 


What to do before fighting a fire, understanding what is burning, understanding how to approach a fire, identifying your evacuation path, assessing a fire's progress, etc.


How to Use a Fire Extinguisher Properly. 


How the P.A.S.S. (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) technique works, why it is important and how it is put into practice..



Fire Extinguisher Training is more than just pulling a pin and squeezing.  Implementing a fire extinguisher safety program, informing occupants of the specific building's fire safety procedures, understanding the different classes of fires and different types of fire extinguishers, and receiving training on how to fight a fire CAN save lives.  There are many professional organizations that can provide detailed fire extinguisher training for your organization.  We encourage all businesses to consider this important life safety step.



Electronically monitoring extinguishers with the en-Gauge system ensures these vital life safety tools are available, accessible and in working order 24/7/365.


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Topics: Fire Suppression, A Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher, Type D Fire Extinguisher, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, D Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Training, Campus Fire and Security, B Fire Extinguisher, C Fire Extinguisher, Type A Fire Extinguisher, Type C Fire Extinguisher, Type ABC Fire Extinguisher, ABC Fire Extinguisher

FIRE EXTINGUISHER TYPES - ABC FIRE EXTINGUISHER DEFINED

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 12/2/10 4:39 PM

Type ABC Fire Extinguisher - This is a multipurpose dry chemical extinguisher.


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The ABC type is filled with monoammonium phosphate, a yellow powder that is effective at extinguishing fires that 1. involveordinary combustibles, such as wood, cloth, and paper (Type A Fire Extinguishers are also designed to fight this type of fire); 2. involve liquids, greases, and gases (Type B fire extinguishers are also designed to fight this type of fire); and 3: fires involving energized electrical equipment (Type C Fire Extinguishers are also designed to fight this type of fire).


Monoammonium phosphate leaves a sticky residue after use that may be damaging to electrical appliances such as a computers.

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Topics: A Fire Extinguisher, B Fire Extinguisher, C Fire Extinguisher, Type A Fire Extinguisher, Type B Fire Extinguisher, Type C Fire Extinguisher, Type ABC Fire Extinguisher, ABC Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Inspection Defined

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 12/2/10 4:09 PM

Fire extinguisher inspection is act of ensuring that a fire extinguisher is available, accessible and functioning properly.  Fire extinguisher inspection is required for all fire extinguisher types in the United States.  
medium_fire-extinguisher-inspection-gaugeFire extinguisher inspection is required by state and local fire codes driven by the international fire codes and the National Fire Protection Association(NFPA).  The NFPA fire code that covers fire extinguisher inspection is NFPA 10.  

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Inspections, A Fire Extinguisher, OSHA 1910, Codes and Standards, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Compliance, Uninspected Fire Extinguishers, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, B Fire Extinguisher, C Fire Extinguisher, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, NFPA 10, ABC Fire Extinguisher