Knowing how to choose your fire extinguisher means knowing how to protect yourself

Knowing how to choose your fire extinguisher means knowing how to protect yourself

6/1/2021 - SPI

Did you know that there are more than 40,000 fires requiring emergency service intervention every year in Canada?

Fire safety technology and people's awareness of the risks have evolved over the last few years. However, the risks are no less, and the statistics prove it.

Fires also occur more often than one would dare to believe in the industrial sector, raising specific questions such as

  • Do I know where the fire extinguishers are located in my workplace?
  • Have they been inspected recently?
  • Am I sure I know how to use them properly?

And a question that should be asked more often than not...

  • Is my fire safety equipment appropriate for my work environment?
 

ANSUL - Over 80 years of expertise

Founded in 1939, ANSUL always had the cause of fire safety at heart and never stopped innovating in its products.

As one of the most successful fire protection companies in the world, ANSUL employs an impressive number of scientists and experts in the field to develop products that are always on the cutting edge of technology so that in the end, no matter where the fire starts, ANSUL will be there for you.

Whether through training or the creation of new products, ANSUL's mission is to improve the safety of everyone.

Finding a fire extinguisher, a process to be taken seriously

One aspect that should certainly not be neglected when choosing a fire extinguisher is the environment in which it could be used if necessary.

Indeed, not all devices are designed for all workplaces, and a risk analysis must be performed before proceeding with the installation of an extinguisher.

Why is the choice of a fire extinguisher so important?

Let's answer this question with an example. Let's say you are choosing a new pair of work boots... If you work in the forestry industry, would you make the right choice with boots specialized for welders?

Of course not! Well, you should know that the same is true for fire extinguishers.

Just like boots, fire extinguishers are designed to extinguish different types of fires in environments that can be just as specific.

What types of fire extinguishers are available?

There are various types of portable extinguishers designed to fight different fires. Each of them has its own distinct features, benefits and limitations.

There are three main categories of portable extinguishers:

Water extinguishers (A): water extinguishers are two-thirds filled with water and one-third filled with compressed air. When used on ordinary combustibles, these extinguishers eliminate the heat generated by burning wood, paper or fabric. However, never use this type of extinguisher to fight an electrical fire, or flammable liquid fire or cooking oil fire. Water is an excellent electricity conductor and may increase the risk of electric shock. For a cooking fire, water is ineffective and helps spread the liquid and flame.

Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers (BC): this type of extinguisher contains pressurized CO2. This type of extinguisher is intended to fight oil, fat and gas fires. CO2 cuts off what feeds the fire and eliminates surface reaction by displacing oxygen. The main disadvantage of this type of extinguisher is its limited range and its jet duration of only 10 to 30 seconds. Never use a CO2 extinguisher in a confined space unless workers wear appropriate air-supplied respirators as CO2 can reduce the quantity of oxygen in the air. Also, never use this type of extinguisher for Class A fires as it can continue to burn and light up again once the CO2 has dispersed.

Dry chemical extinguisher (ABC): dry chemical extinguishers are the most common and offered in different models. They are labeled according to the class of fire they can extinguish; therefore, an ABC extinguisher is efficient for class A, B and C fires. These extinguishers spray a fine layer of white powder that smothers the flames while isolating the combustible. The residue left by a dry chemical extinguisher is very abrasive, and when mixed with water, can damage engines, computers and electrical equipment.

A modern and suitable alternative

Always to offer you the best, ANSUL introduces CLEANGUARD extinguisher technology.

Knowing that there are many realities to consider when it comes to extinguishing a fire, ANSUL has innovated by developing a product that protects you like never before while guaranteeing significant benefits on many other levels!

What's so special about CLEANGUARD?

This revolutionary technology addresses major issues in today's marketplace.

  • No odor
  • No color
  • Non-conductive of electricity
  • Excellent discharge range
  • No residue (therefore no cleaning required after use)
  • Very low toxicity

Another aspect that plays an essential role in developing new fire extinguisher technologies is the impact on the environment.

Some components of the agents used in fire extinguishers can have a very negative impact on the environment... Well, not CLEANGUARD!

With CLEANGUARD, ANSUL has ensured that the product has zero ozone depletion, an issue that is often raised when using traditional fire extinguishers.

Who should consider a CLEANGUARD fire extinguisher?

CLEANGUARD is a technology that can be used in many specific environments where solutions are not always optimal. Environments where there is sensitive electrical equipment or where breathing air must not be poisoned in any way are perfect for using CLEANGUARD.

  • Hospitals
  • Computer centers
  • Data storage areas
  • Communication facilities
  • Control rooms
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Laboratories
  • Museums
  • Art galleries

CLEANGUARD: Put out fires safely, without collateral damage.