A portable fire extinguisher is one of the best and most cost-effective defenses against property damage from a fire. Many fires are relatively small from the onset and can be extinguished by the use of a portable fire extinguisher. When used properly, portable fire extinguishers save lives and property by extinguishing a small fire or containing one until the fire department arrives. The fire department should be notified as soon as a fire is discovered versus waiting to see if the fire extinguisher completely extinguished the fire.
BFPE International offers a full range of portable fire extinguishers for every fire scenario, regardless of type or size. We partner with the nation’s leading manufacturers of commercial grade portable fire extinguishers in order to provide you with the best and most dependable portable fire extinguisher for your application.
BFPE International can assist you with making the right choice. We appreciate the opportunity to install, service, and test & inspect your portable fire extinguishers. Please contact us for more information.
Fire Extinguisher Selection and Ratings
BFPE International complies with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, which applies to the selection, installation, inspection, maintenance, and testing of portable fire extinguishing equipment.
Fire extinguishers should be conspicuously located where they are readily accessible and immediately available in the event of a fire. They should also be located along normal paths of travel, including exits. The selection of extinguisher is independent of other fire protecion equipment and is determined mostly by the type and size of fire most likely to occur, hazards in the area, and whether or not energized electrical equipment is in the area.
A Fire extinguisher has a rating for the type of fire it will extinguish:
Class A - ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber, and many plastics
Class B - flammable liquids, combustible liquids, petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil-based paints, solvents, lacquers, alcohols, and flammable gases
Class C - energized electrical equipment
Class D - combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium, lithium, and potassium
Class K - combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal oils and fats).