Our goal is to provide our customers with quality fire extinguishers at a great value. In pursuit of this, we manufacture all our products in the U.S.A. We mill and blend our own dry chemical agents, machine the component parts, assemble and then test our units to the highest quality standards.
- Manufactured to meet UL’s rigorous standards for commercial hazard protection and backed by our manufacturer’s warranty.
- Anodized metal & brass valve assemblies for superior strength and corrosion resistance.
- Industrial grade steel & aluminum cylinders with polyester powder coating designed to withstand harsh environments & rough usage.
- Metal pull pins, vehicle brackets and wall hooks for extended unit service life.
- The extinguisher nameplate incorporates bilingual operating and maintenance instructions. Available in English/Spanish & English/French.
- Color-coded gauges show operating status at-a-glance.
- Extinguishers have model and serial number bar coding for easy and accurate maintenance history.
Within this standard it is stated that the selection of fire extinguishers for a given situation is determined by the following:
- The character of the fires anticipated to be encountered.
- The construction and occupancy of the property to be protected.
- The ambient temperature of the area where the extinguisher will be located.
- Other factors that may dictate the selection of a particular type of extinguisher.
Only Class A and Class B classifications carry numerical ratings. Basically the higher the number associated with the classification letter, the larger the fire the extinguisher has the potential to extinguish.
Class A fire tests involve two types of fire, a wood crib fire test and a wood panel fire test. For example to achieve a 3-A rating an extinguisher must successfully extinguish a burning wood crib measuring 29” x 29” x 27” and a wood panel measuring 12’ x 12’.
Class B fire tests involve square trays containing flammable liquid. For example to achieve a 40-B rating an extinguisher must successfully extinguish a burning pan measuring 100 sq. ft.
There are no numerical ratings associated with Class C, D or K.
For Class C, the electrical non conducting characteristics of the agent are verified, not its extinguishing potential.
For Class D, only the amount of agent and application method needed to control a metal fire of a certain size and type is tested.
For Class K , the extinguisher must extinguish 80 lb. of burning cooking oil in a commercial deep fat fryer and in doing so, cause no splashing of flaming oil outside the fryer.
Low hazard occupancies are locations where the total amount of Class A combustible materials, including furnishings, decorations, and contents, is of minor quantity. This can include some buildings or rooms occupied as offices, classrooms, churches, assembly halls, guest room areas of hotels/motels.
Moderate hazard occupancies are locations where the total amount of Class A combustibles and Class B flammables are present in greater amounts than expected under low hazard occupancies.
These occupancies could consist of dining areas, mercantile shops and allied storage, light manufacturing, research operations, auto showrooms, parking garages and workshops.
High hazard occupancies are locations where the total amount of Class A combustibles and Class B flammables present, in storage, production, use, finished product, or combination thereof, is over and above those expected in occupancies classed as moderate hazard. These occupancies could consist of woodworking; vehicle repair; aircraft and boat servicing; cooking areas; individual product display showrooms; product convention center displays; and storage and manufacturing processes such as painting, dipping, and coating, including flammable liquid handling.
Note: If the lower B rating is installed then the maximum travel distance to the extinguisher is reduced from 50 to 30 feet.
To determine the overall A rating necessary for protection of an occupancy, divide the total sq. ft. by the Unit of A in the above table. For example if a low occupancy building has a total sq. ft. of 30,000. Divide 30,000 x 3000 (Unit of A) = 10. Therefore in this example the building would require a minimum of 5 x 2-A rated extinguishers.
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