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Fire security in buildings: what you need to know about portable fire extinguishers

If you own a house, apartment complex, office, shop or other residential or commercial building, having quality portable fire extinguishers onsite is a must. This component of your fire protection system is critical to the safety of your family, employees, clients, customers and building occupants. In this article, the experts at Guard-X, the leading fire safety company in Montreal, provides essential information about portable fire extinguishers.

 

Are portable extinguishers mandatory?

Portable fire extinguishers are mandatory in businesses, offices, apartment complexes and many other buildings. They’re crucial for facilitating safe evacuation in the event of a fire. They’re used to extinguish developing fires and prevent their spread.

 

Which fire extinguishers should you choose for your building?

Portable fire extinguishers are categorized into various classes (A, B, C, D and K) depending on the types of fire they’re designed to extinguish. For example, Class B extinguishers put out fires caused by a combustible liquid or gas, while Class K extinguishers are used on fires involving cooking oils and fats. Choose the type or types of fire extinguishers that correspond to the main fire risks in your building.

 

How many fire extinguishers does your building require?

The number of fire extinguishers you need depends on the size of your building. Generally speaking, an occupant shouldn’t have to walk more than 22 metres to find a fire extinguisher. In a 50-metre hallway, for example, two extinguishers would be needed. Moreover, every floor of a building should have a fire extinguisher.

 

Where should portable extinguishers be placed?

Portable fire extinguishers should be placed near emergency exits. Additionally, they should be east to access and between 10 centimetres and 1.5 metres off the ground. However, they should also be out of the reach of children. Always position them so that the instruction label is visible.

 

How often should fire extinguishers be replaced?

Single-use fire extinguishers should be changed every six years. Rechargeable ones should be serviced and refilled every six years or after every use, regardless of whether or not they’re empty.

 

Do you need help choosing the right portable fire extinguisher, or are you looking for expert advice on improving your building’s fire protection system? Count on the team at Guard-X, the leading fire safety company in Montreal. Contact us today!

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