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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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Fire Extinguisher Types - Type A Fire Extinguishers

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 1/3/11 9:30 AM

Class A Fire Extinguisher - also called Type A Fire Extinguishers

A Class A fire extinguisher consists of a hand  held cylindrical pressure vessel and an agent that can be used to extinguish an ordinary fire.  For a Class A extinguisher, that agent is water, and a Class A Extinguisher is effective against  ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard, and most plastics.water_fire_extinguisher


All fire extinguishers fight fire by utilizing an agent to act
 upon the chemistry of the fire by removing one or more of the three elements necessary to maintain fire—commonly referred to as the fire triangle. The three sides of the fire triangle are fuel, heat, and oxygen. The agent acts to remove the heat by cooling the fuel or to produce a barrier between the fuel and the oxygen supply in the surrounding air. Once the fire triangle is broken, the fire goes out.  In the case of a Class A extinguisher, the agent cools the fuel and breaks the triangle.

    

The numerical rating on Class A extinguishers indicates the amount of water it holds and the amount of fire it can extinguish.  Information on the numerical rating can be found on the label on the device

There are many types of fires, and there is no single type of fire extinguisher that can suppress all types of fires.  While  water has proven effective in extinguishers used against wood, paper and plastic fires (Class A), a Type A fire extinguisher should never be used on an electrical fire as it is an electrical conductor.  For this reason, it is not safe as an agent to fight electrical fires where live circuits are present (Class C). In addition, Class A extinguishers should also not to be used to fight flammable liquid fires (Class B), especially in tanks or vessels. In this instance, water can cause an explosion due to flammable liquids floating on the water and continuing to burn. In addition, a powerful stream of water can splatter the burning liquid to other combustibles.Furthermore, Class A extinguishers should not be used to fight metal fires (Class D) where flaming metals such as magnesium and titanium.

 

In Class A or water fire extinguishers, the water can freeze inside the extinguisher at lower temperatures.  If you plan on keeping your Type A fire extinguisher in areas subject to below freezing temperatures, anti-freeze water extinguisher are available, which uses a non-flamable anti-freeze to prevent the liquid in the extinguisher from freezing. 


Type A fire extinguishers are produced by most major fire extinguisher manufacturers, includingAmerexAnsulBadgerBuckeye and Kidde.

All Class A fire extinguishers must be monitored an maintained according to local, state and federal codes.  Electronic monitoring of extinguishers, like that provided by the en-Gauge electronic monitoring system, is available for all Class A fire extinguishers

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Inspections, A Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher, Equipment, Type A Fire Extinguisher, Badger Fire Extinguishers, Kidde Fire Extinguishers, Amerex Fire Extinguishers

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 Types Defined

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 12/2/10 4:17 PM

There are many different types of fire extinguishers and fire extinguisher manufactures.  The most important thing to understand about fire extinguisher types is that not all fire extinguishers can fight all types of fires. large_fire-extinguisher-in-use

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Topics: Fire Suppression, A Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher, Equipment, Type D Fire Extinguisher, D Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Training, Electronic Monitoring of Fire Extinguishers, B Fire Extinguisher, C Fire Extinguisher, Type A Fire Extinguisher, Type B Fire Extinguisher, Type C Fire Extinguisher