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Class D Fire Extinguisher
Businesses who deal a lot with metals will need this fire extinguisher in their premises. It usually takes extreme heat to ignite metal. But once a fire has been ignited, it can easily spread and develop, making them incredibly dangerous and destructive. As masses of metal are relatively unlikely to combust except for elements such as sodium, common types of Class D fires usually occur in environments where metals are processed.
This includes laboratories, warehouses, factories and any place which uses manufacturing processes to cut, drill or mill metals. Places which process metals and, therefore, contain a lot of metallic dust are more prone to Class D fires.
Protect Your Property and Valued Lives
If you are running a business, it is important to know how to protect your people and property from the fire. A clear classification of fires is defined by the emergency services, in order to make it easier for you to understand what kind of fire protection equipment you need to have on site in order to be in compliance with all the existing regulations.
The use of fire extinguishers is highly recommended since they pretty much act as ‘first aid kits’ before the firefighters reach the site and handle the situation. Depending on what type of flammable materials are stored and used on your business grounds, you will have to consider purchasing one kind of fire extinguishers or another.
Classes Of Fires
The type of fire you need to extinguish is very important when choosing the right fire safety equipment. Here are the types of fires as they are established by the regulators.
Class A fires refer to the type of fire involving flammable solids like wood, paper and clothing. These fires usually cause glowing embers, so they are easy to recognize.
Class B fires refer to the type of fire involving flammable liquids, like solvents, oil and liquefiable solids.
Class C fires refer to the type of fire involving flammable gases, such as butane and propane.
Class D fires refer to the type of fire involving flammable metals like lithium, potassium, zirconium, magnesium and titanium.
Class F fires refer to the type of fire involving cooking media, like vegetable oils and animal fat.
Why Do You Need Special Class of Fire Extinguishers?
As you can tell from the above list, classes of fires are very well distinguished, so you need to make sure that you are using the right type of chemical or device to put the fire out.
Water, for instance, while commonly used for stopping raging fires, is not very effective if you need to extinguish a fire caused by malfunctioning electrical systems. CO2 fire extinguishers are a much better choice.
Class D fire extinguishers are very useful for stopping fires caused by flammable metals, as described earlier. These extinguishers are sold only by companies specialized in fire safety equipment. You can always contact us for more information, and we will supply you with everything you need.
When You Are Using Fire Extinguishers
There are a few steps you need to undertake when you are using fire extinguishers. Foam extinguishers, dry powder extinguishers, CO2 extinguishers, all have clear instructions written on the metallic cylinder containing the fire deterrent, but you may want to know them in advance and not just learn them on the spot.
Make sure to remove the safety pin first, or otherwise you will not be able to discharge the content and stop the fire.
Direct the nozzle towards the source of the flame and activate the handle. Make a sweeping motion to make sure that you are covering the area well.
Fire safety products are essential for protecting your business and your home. Do not leave things to chance and purchase the fire extinguishers you need.