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Frequently Asked Questions

How many fire extinguishers does my property need?
As a general rule of thumb, you should have 50 Feet of space between class B fire extinguishers, and 75 Feet of space for class A. However, each property varies based on their structure layout and hazard level.
What's the difference between the fire extinguisher classes?
Every fire extinguisher has an alphanumeric rating that tells you what types of fires it can extinguish as well as the size of fire it can put out.

The letters stand for the class of fire the extinguisher can be used against:

A – ordinary combustibles (wood, paper, plastic, etc.)
B – flammable liquids (oil, gas, petroleum, etc.)
C – electrical equipment
D – metals
K – cooking oils and fats

The numbers indicate how much of the fire can be put out by the fire extinguisher. Every number before the A means it is as effective as 1 ¼ gallons of water. For example, 2A means the fire extinguisher is as effective as 2 ½ gallons of water, and so on. The numbers before B and C are a measure of the number of square feet the fire extinguisher can put out. For example, a 10: BC fire extinguisher can extinguish a fire up to 10 sq ft.

Do I need to have my fire extinguishers inspected?
Regular inspections are expected once a month to make sure there is no visible damage to the device, and the fire extinguisher pressure is adequate. You can perform this inspection on your own

In addition to monthly extinguisher self-tests, full fire extinguisher maintenance is required once a year.

How long will my fire alarm last?
If properly maintained, a sound fire alarm will last you about 10 – 12 years. After this long you should have your fire alarms replaced, even if they seem to be working – you don’t want to jeopardize your building’s fire safety. Also, technological advancements are advancing fire alarms more and more efficient every day.
Why do I need to fire suppression in my Restaurant?
Cooking equipment is very susceptive of fires. In many cases, it’s the leading cause of fires in various industries such as Restaurants, Healthcare Facilities, Schools, Office buildings, etc. The high cooking temperatures, open flames, flammable oils and grease, and the hectic nature of commercial kitchens require exhaust hood fire suppression for putting out fires that might ignite here.
How do fire suppression systems work?
The goal of automatic fire suppression is to extinguish fires with no human intervention, which the system detects fires and release an extinguishing agent all on its own. Fire detectors and thermo-bulbs are traditional systems of fire detection, which once triggered will release pressurized fluid stored in nearby containers flows through a release valve, and out of nozzles to extinguish the fire quickly and effectively.

Many various extinguishing agents besides water are available for fire suppression systems. Hence, this type of fire protection is ideal for data centers, server rooms, medical record rooms, and other areas where water damage could be detrimental.

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