BIG OAT’S Fire Protection keeps you and your business safe for less. We offer highly competitive bids on fire extinguishers and inspections. We offer mobile services or convenient walk-in shop service at our Willoughby location so you can bring your equipment to us! For more information please contact us at 440-942-1800
We are a Buckeye Fire Equipment
supplier. We sell, maintain, repair and certify all types of fire extinguishers including class K, ABC, Halon and combustibles fire extinguishers. We handle Emergency and Exit Lighting. BIG OAT’S
would be happy to bid on your fire safety needs.
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TYPES OF FIRES AND EXTINGUISHERS
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) classifies fires into five general categories (U.S.):
- Class A fires are ordinary materials like burning paper, lumber, cardboard, plastics etc.
- Class B fires involve flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, and common organic solvents used in the laboratory.
- Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment, such as appliances, switches, panel boxes, power tools, hot plates and stirrers. Water can be a dangerous extinguishing medium for class C fires because of the risk of electrical shock unless a specialized water mist extinguisher is used.
- Class D fires involve combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, potassium and sodium as well as pyrophoric organometallic reagents such as alkyllithiums, Grignards and diethylzinc. These materials burn at high temperatures and will react violently with water, air, and/or other chemicals. Handle with care!!
- Class K fires are kitchen fires. This extinguisher is required for commercial kitchen.
Some fires may be a combination of these! Your fire extinguishers should have ABC
ratings on them. Higher numbers mean more firefighting power. Here are some typical
extinguishers and their uses:
- Water extinguishers are suitable for class A (paper, wood etc.) fires, but not for class B, C and D fires such as burning liquids, electrical fires or reactive metal fires. In these cases, the flames will be spread or the hazard made greater! Water mist extinguishers are suitable for class A and C; see below.
- Dry chemical extinguishers are useful for either class ABC or class BC fires (check the label) and are your best all around choice for common fire situations. They have an advantage over CO2 and "clean agent" extinguishers in that they leave a blanket of non-flammable material on the extinguished material which reduces the likelihood of re-ignition. They also make a terrible mess - but if the choice is a fire or a mess, take the mess! Note that there are two kinds of dry chemical extinguishers:
- Type BC fire extinguishers contain sodium or potassium bicarbonate.
- Type ABC fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate.
Ohio Law States that every commercial and public building must have fire extinguishers in place inspected and maintained a minimum of once every year.