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5 Signs You Need a Better Fire Safety System

Posted: April 15th, 2023

SGI Canada reports a growing number of structural fires in the country citing on average, more than 24,000 structural fires per year. From these fires, there are at least 377 fatalities and more than 3,048 injuries. 

In Hamilton, the local newspaper Hamilton Spectator pits 2022 residential structure fires at 323, the highest since 2013. Damages to property amount to billions of CAD every single year. Fire safety is key in protecting both people and assets and as such property managers should be concerned with the mitigation of fire risk.

So, how can you know whether your existing fire safety system meets the necessary Canadian standards? In this post, we discuss five tell-tale signs you need a better fire safety system, also taking into account relevant statistics and research. 

Sign #1 Lack of Adequate Fire Detection Devices

Fire detection devices form the foundation of a fire safety system. Without elements such as fire alarms and heat detectors, you’re missing out on one of the most essential components that’ll help keep your building and tenants safe.

It’s not enough, however, to have a handful of these devices installed across the premises. You must have an adequate amount to fully cover the building. The best way to determine what’s proper is by consulting with a fire specialist like Nutech Fire Protection.

The next thing to be aware of regarding fire detection devices is the necessity to check that they’re working. We’re referring here to the need for routine maintenance checks at least once a month by an in-house warden and then annually by a professional. Don’t skimp out on these checks because Hamilton’s fire department reports that just over half of the homes (54.4%) in the city have functional working alarms. This is shocking and should be corrected to prevent fatalities, injuries, and property damage.

The same goes for commercial properties. Malfunctioning fire detection devices can result in fire detection delays, which can lead to major damage and more casualties among occupants. And speaking of absent or outdated equipment, here’s the next sign.

Sign #2 Obsolete Fire Safety Equipment

Did you know that modern high-pressure water mist systems are capable of putting out 90% of fires and using less water compared to traditional sprinkler systems? Yes, this is according to research carried out by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Not only is this great for the environment but it also reduces water damage. Why else is this favourable?

It gives you an opportune moment to pause and look into the state of your fire safety equipment. Is it outdated or obsolete? If yes, then it is time to upgrade the entire system. In a constantly evolving world, you can’t afford to maintain dated fire safety technology. Ensure your building and tenants have the best level of protection available on the market today. 

Sign #3 Insufficient Fire Suppression Measures

Fire safety equipment (e.g. fire alarms, smoke detectors) needs to be complemented by an adequate set of fire suppression measures for good outcomes. Examples of fire suppression measures include fire hoses, fire extinguishers and automatic fire suppression systems. A property lacking an adequate amount of fire suppression mechanisms is one that certainly needs improvement.

The NFID states that in 44% of residential fires reported across Canada, there were no fire suppression measures in place when the incident occurred. This means just over half of all homes in Canada have access to fully functioning fire suppression systems.

The reason fire suppression systems are so important is the role they play in containing fires before they get out of hand. These systems can be the gateway giving residents time to evacuate and or limit the amount of damage done to their properties.

Sign #4 Inadequate Emergency Exit Routes

Canada’s Building Code alongside the various provincial Fire Codes is clear about the necessity of having enough unobstructed emergency exits in buildings. These codes mandate that all residential, commercial and industrial buildings have clearly marked, well-maintained, and clutter-free emergency exits routes.

It’s not hard to see why this is so pivotal. Emergency exits allow for safe evacuation in the event of a fire. If there aren’t enough of them or the exits are obstructed in any way, this can slow down rescue and evacuation efforts, increasing the risk for those inside.

The best way to determine whether your building has enough fire exits is to have a professional carefully assess the building plan and conduct a walk-through to ensure emergency doors aren’t locked and hallways are unobstructed.

Sign #5 No Fire Safety Training and Safety Plans

Fire suppression systems and fire safety measures make sense to the degree to which the building occupants are trained and informed on fire safety protocol. That’s where fire safety training comes into play.

It’s through such training initiatives that people get to know how to actually use for example fire extinguishers correctly and how to evacuate a building swiftly and safely. Having the proper equipment is among the first steps of fire safety but this needs to be complemented with comprehensive training and education on fire safety best practices.

Where can you find people to train your employees or building tenants? Fire specialists like the team at Nutech Fire Prevention are able to provide tailored fire prevention, evacuation procedure, and correct use of fire safety equipment training to individuals and groups.

That’s not all as we’re also capable of devising a fire safety plan to meet your property’s unique needs.

Get the Technical Assistance You Need in Hamilton

Business owners and property managers in Hamilton, Ontario can reach out to our team here at Nutech Fire Prevention. We’ve got the expertise and experience to assess your building and address signs you need a better fire safety system. Our relevant suggestions can help improve existing fire safety systems.

We also offer a comprehensive line of emergency backup generators, fire alarm systems, fire warning systems, fire extinguishers, exit lighting, sprinkler systems, and gas detection services.

Request a free quote today.

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How to Spot Fire Hazards in Your Office Building

Posted: March 17th, 2023

Make 2023 the year you take fire hazard detection up to the next level in your office building.

When it comes to preventing fires in the workplace and keeping employees and tenants safe, one of the primary means involves checking for potential fire hazards. The majority of accidental fires across Canadian provinces are avoidable. It’s pivotal that building managers and employers take steps to identify prospective risks and address them before any harm is done.

In this post, we’re going to look at some of the top tips on spotting fire hazards in your workplace and how to address them.

Tip #1 Carry Out a Fire Risk Assessment

The primordial step in determining fire hazards in your place of work is to carry out a fire risk assessment. But just what exactly is a fire risk assessment anyway?

A fire risk assessment is a standardized evaluation of a building or accompanying premises. The goal is to identify all potential fire hazards, gauge the risk of a fire happening, and establish key steps to reduce these dangers.

Building managers and property owners are required to conduct routine fire risk evaluations in order to foster a safe workplace for all building occupants.

Tip #2 Seek Out the Most Frequent Fire Causes

While regular fire risk assessments are good, it is necessary to take things a step further by making a deliberate and conscious effort to investigate and survey the office for hazards that are known to cause fires.

Such elements include (but are not limited to):

  • Overloaded electrical sockets
  • Damaged electrical cords
  • Blocked fire exits
  • Blocked ventilation systems

It is key to be on the lookout for such typical fire hazards and take the necessary steps to redress them. This can mean hiring the relevant HVAC technicians to unblock ventilation infrastructure, clearing blocked fire exits, and adding additional power extension cables around the office to avoid socket overload.

Tip #3 Ensure Proper Maintenance of Electrical Equipment

Another great tip in regards to fire hazard detection is: don’t neglect your electrical equipment. 

Keep it maintained. It’s common knowledge that equipment suffers wear and tears over time. Appliances can become damaged or faulty which greatly increases fire risk. Thus the necessity for routine maintenance.

The consequences of poor maintenance could be disastrous. Not only does regular service of electrical equipment keep appliances performing at optimum but it can save lives and prevent damage to property.

So scan cords for damage (frays, tears, exposure etc.), making sure that plugs are secured properly into sockets, and that appliances are kept well-oiled and dust-and-debris free.

Tip #4 Ensure Fire Suppression Systems are in Good Working Order

Fire extinguishers and fire alarms are fundamental elements constituting your building’s fire suppression system. These critical elements should never be allowed to sit un-serviced and unmaintained. In fact, if you do, it is a criminal offence that breaks the provincial Fire Code guidelines. There is a mandate that fire extinguishers and fire alarms be checked and serviced each year.

Fire alarms, smoke detectors, and various other fire prevention mechanisms installed within the premises should be tested regularly as a way to verify that they are in good working order.

Tip #5 Verify Flammable Materials are Stored Appropriately

Flammable materials such as cleaning chemicals, cardboard boxes and paper need to be stored in a safe and appropriate manner.

Under this point must be highlighted disposal of waste. Improperly disposed of waste can also pose a very great fire risk.

Another point to note is gas safety. With the majority of Canadian buildings relying on gas for energy, building managers are also encouraged to make gas detection a priority. It only takes a small leak for an explosion to occur. So get in touch with local gas technicians like the team at Nutech Fire Prevention.

Tip #6 Mount Fire Suppression Systems Near Kitchens/Break Rooms

Did you know that fires tend to occur in kitchens and break rooms a lot? Kitchens because of all the cooking equipment found therein and break rooms because of improperly discarded cigarettes.

For these reasons, we always recommend having a fire extinguisher mounted near cooking equipment and within easy reach. This can go a long way in extinguishing a small flame before it gets out of control.  

Tip #7 Check on Your Emergency Lighting

Is your emergency lighting operational? Are there any bulbs that need replacement? Do you need backup emergency lighting?

It’s important that the emergency lighting is working as it should and that building tenants know how to use it in case power ever goes out. 

Tip #8 Encourage Employee Wellbeing Through Fire Safety Education

Lastly, it’s important for employees to receive training on correct fire safety best practices including fire extinguisher use. This can be done by selecting several employees to act as fire wardens and enrolling them in fire safety courses. These can be delivered by your local fire department or fire specialists like the team at Nutech Fire Prevention.

For the remaining employees, information can be disseminated through various mediums and channels. To verify that employees have indeed assimilated the information, fire drills can be conducted to check employee awareness and readiness. 

Final Thoughts

It is a concerted effort to prevent workplace fires. Property managers, building owners and fire technicians must work together to identify potential hazards, ensure electrical appliances are regularly serviced, and safety devices receive proper maintenance. There is also an obligation to educate employees on fire safety best practices and ensure staff know all necessary fire safety procedures.

Putting these tips into practice will help to create and promote a safer workplace for all building occupants. And in conclusion, fire safety and fire hazard detection aren’t just for property managers, they are everyone’s responsibility.

Get in Touch With a Fire Hazard Detection Specialist

Building managers in Hamilton, Ontario can reach out to Nutech Fire Prevention for all fire hazard detection services.

In addition, we offer fire safety training, fire safety recommendations, the development of fire safety plans, and routine checks and maintenance of your fire equipment.

That’s not all we do as we also provide and install a comprehensive line of emergency backup generators, fire alarm systems, fire warning systems, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, exit lighting, and sprinkler systems.

Request a free quote today.

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Is Your Building Equipped for Gas Detection?

Posted: March 3rd, 2023

How gas-safe is your building?

Gas detection safety should be a top priority for building managers and homeowners.

With millions of homes and office spaces across Canada relying on natural gas for energy, the potential for gas leaks is ever-present. This is a major reason why it’s imperative that property managers do all they can to put in place full-proof gas detection measures.

In this post, we dive deep into the necessity of gas detection safety in residential and commercial buildings and discuss key ways to improve building safety so as to prevent gas leaks.

But first, a look at the necessity of gas detection safety in buildings.

Why is Gas Detection Safety in Buildings Important?

Modern buildings rely on gas to meet energy demands. This creates vulnerability, opening up these properties to potential gas leaks from a variety of sources including heating systems, gas pipelines, and gas appliances.

The seriousness of this issue can be seen in statistics published by researchers. For example, each year at least 300 people die in Canada because of carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, there are also more than 200 hospitalizations on account of CO gas leaks.

Apart from death, gas leaks can lead to memory problems, nausea, and loss of consciousness. Explosions or fires may also result if the leaks aren’t addressed on time. Hence the need for gas detection safety measures that alert building authorities as soon as a leak occurs to prevent disastrous outcomes.

And speaking of safety measures, how exactly do gas detection safety systems work?

The Mechanisms Behind Gas Detection Safety

The majority of gas detection safety systems rely on sensors to detect gas leaks. They’re designed to recognize noxious gas in the atmosphere. They come equipped with a range of sophisticated sensors that can ascertain the presence of harmful gases and immediately notify building tenants of imminent danger.

In most Canadian homes and workplaces, one of the following gas detection systems is employed:

·         portable gas detectors

·         fixed gas detectors

·         area gas monitors

Let’s look at each one in turn.

1.     Portable Gas Detectors

When it comes to dealing with a gas leak, you want to quickly locate the source. That’s where portable gas detectors come in. These handheld, practical and often-times battery-operated devices can be used to conduct a swift gas leak check.

Building managers, maintenance workers, and first responders rely on these gas detectors because they are easy to use and also allow for rapid confirmation of a gas leak.

2. Fixed Gas Detectors

If you wish to place a gas detector in a specific area such as a kitchen or a gas storage facility, then you’ll need to install fixed gas detectors.

They are commonplace in industrial settings like factories and manufacturing plants where gas leaks are most likely to occur.

Fire safety professionals like  Nutech Fire Prevention are able to wire the fixed gas detectors to the building’s alarm system, making it possible for building occupants to be alerted of any gas leaks.

3. Area Gas Monitors

Area gas monitors and fixed gas detectors work in a similar fashion. The major difference is that area gas monitors are able to check for gas leaks over a wider expanse, unlike fixed gas detectors which detect in a specific location.

Area gas monitors are convenient if maintenance workers have a large area to cover. This is also the reason they’re typically deployed for use in large workplaces and buildings such as shopping centers, hospitals and schools.

If you’ve got a range of locations to check and limited manpower, this is the gas detection safety solution to opt for. 

3 Steps to Ensure Your Building is Correctly Equipped for Gas Detection Safety

Now, here are steps you can take to ensure that your building is properly equipped for gas detection safety.

Step #1 Schedule routine maintenance for gas appliances

All gas appliances and heating systems in the building should be serviced whenever a problem occurs. However, there should also be monthly inspections by a qualified gas detection technician. This measure can help prevent gas leaks.

Step #2 Hire Licensed Gas Installation Experts to Install Your Safety Systems

Installation of your gas detection safety systems is a serious affair and as such should only be handled by professionals.

Do not cut corners by having amateur installation technicians carry out such a critical component of building fire safety.

Step #3 Install the Correct Gas Detection Safety Systems

How do you know which gas detection safety systems to install? 

When you work with an experienced gas detection safety system professional like  Nutech Fire Prevention, qualified engineers will assess your building requirements and recommend suitable systems to match the size of the building. 

You want to make sure that every corner of the building is covered and that there are no blind spots.

The Bottom Line

Gas detection systems, much like smoke alarms, are a very important aspect of overall building safety. The potentially disastrous results of a gas leak warrant professionally installed gas detection safety measures.

To strengthen building gas safety measures, property managers and maintenance workers can make use of portable gas detectors, fixed gas detectors, and area gas monitors. They’re all very effective in helping detect gas leaks.

Finally, to ensure that your property is comprehensively equipped to tackle gas-related issues, it’s imperative that preventative steps such as routine checks and maintenance of gas appliances be carried out.

By implementing and following all this advice, you’re helping to protect tenants of the building from the harmful effects of gas leaks.

Work With Hamilton’s Premier Gas Detection Specialist

Homeowners and property managers in Hamilton, Ontario can reach out to Nutech Fire Prevention for all gas detection services.

In addition we offer fire safety training, fire safety recommendations, development of fire safety plans, and routine checks and maintenance of your fire equipment.

That’s not all we do as we also offer and install a comprehensive line of emergency backup generators, fire alarm systems, fire warning systems, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, exit lighting, and sprinkler systems.

Request a free quote today.

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What Are Commercial Fire Extinguisher Ratings?

Posted: February 22nd, 2023

Have you ever wondered what the ABCs and 123s that you see on fire extinguishers mean? The proper term for these letters and numbering is fire extinguisher ratings.

But just what are they and what’s their significance when choosing a fire extinguisher for your business? Keep reading to find out and also to discover our top fire extinguisher tips.

Fire Extinguisher Ratings Explained

If you pick up a fire extinguisher and check its label, you’re going to see letters and numbers in a classification series. The format will look something like this 4A: 80BC

Here’s what you need to know about this rating.

The Underwriters Laboratory of Canada (ULC), a company renowned for its product safety testing, certification and inspection services, is responsible for issuing the ratings you see on fire extinguishers.

After subjecting respective fire extinguishers to a series of tests they accord each canister a rating that earmarks its designated use. And each rating will consist of a combination of letters and numbers.

What do the letters mean?

The letters are used as part of the fire classification system. The letter on the canister identifies which type of fire the fire extinguisher can effectively put out. For example:

Class A Fire Extinguishers smother fires where combustible products like paper, wood, or plastics are involved.

Class B Fire Extinguishers suffocate fires associated with flammable liquids such as oil and gas

Class C Fire Extinguishers extinguish electrical fires

Class D Fire Extinguishers quench fires comprising metals

Class K Fire Extinguishers douse commercial/residential kitchen fires involving grease and fats

What do the numbers mean?

Now that we know that the letters refer to the class of fire the fire extinguisher works best on, what about the numbers? What’s the number rating about?

This rating is best explained by using an example – 4A: 80BC 

Let’s break down what this series of letters and numbers are telling us.

The letters are highlighting three classes of fire that can be suppressed – A, B, and C.

The number next to the A-rating tells us just how much water is in the canister. The 4 informs us that it contains about 16.5kg (4.5 gallons) of water.

The number (80) in front of the B and C represents the area in square feet that can be covered by the contents of the canister. In this case, this particular fire extinguisher can comfortably extinguish a fire over 80 sq ft.

So to put this all together, if we were to pick up a fire extinguisher labelled 4A: 80BC, we would immediately know from our understating of commercial fire extinguisher ratings the following:

This canister can handle fires involving paper, plastic, textiles, wood, gas, oil, and electrical fires. And that the fire extinguisher contains about 4.5 gallons of water and can effectively clear fire in a space of up to 80 square feet.

Are Ratings Really That Important?

Perhaps you’re asking if ratings are really that important. The short answer is yes, and here’s why.

If you get the rating wrong and select a fire extinguisher that’s not suitable for a specific fire you can worsen the situation.


For example, if you mistakenly opt to douse an electrical fire with a water-based fire extinguisher, the odds of you being electrocuted are very high. This is simply because water is a good conductor of electrical currents.

Similarly, when using powder-based fire extinguishers, these should only be used in outdoor settings because their chemical reactions can make it difficult to breathe if discharged indoors.

As you can see, being aware of ratings is pivotal for effectively extinguishing fires. Knowing the commercial fire extinguisher ratings means you can identify which fire extinguisher will be most suitable for which type of fire.

Now, let’s turn our attention to some fire extinguisher tips.

Best Fire Extinguisher For Your Business

At this point you may wish to know which is the best fire extinguisher for your business or home?

As fire specialists in Ontario, we typically recommend that homeowners should settle for an ABC extinguisher because of its broadspectrum nature. It covers wood, textile, paper, plastic, gas, oil, and electrical fires.

Such extinguishers work by discharging a fine non-toxic powder that suppresses the fire and thus prevents re-ignition.

For restaurants, office buildings, malls, warehouses, manufacturing enterprises and garages we suggest going for Class D and K fire extinguishers.

Advice For Handling Fire Situations

According to the Canadian Fire Safety Association (CFSA), so long as a fire is small and within a relatively confined area, you can attempt to extinguish it.

However, once it grows bigger you should never attempt to extinguish it. Instead, your main priority and that of everyone in the building should be immediate evacuation.

Once everyone is out and has assembled at your chosen meeting place you may proceed to call your local fire department. 

Fire Extinguisher Life Expectancy

Do fire extinguishers expire? You may have already checked on the UL label for an expiration date and not seen one.

Generally, fire extinguishers will last you a good 10 to 12 years before you need to replace them. However, they should be regularly serviced to ensure that they are in good working order.

How often should these inspections be? At least once a month the gauge on top of the canister should be assessed to ensure the needle is pointing to the green area.

In the event that you do use the extinguisher or it is damaged for whatever reason, it must be immediately replaced.  Checking the state of your fire extinguishers should be part and parcel of your business fire safety routine. 

Need Help Choosing Fire Extinguishers for your Business?

Here at All Protect we pride ourselves on being Hamilton’s leading fire specialists. We help home and business owners chose the most appropriate fire extinguishers for their premises. Get advice about fire extinguisher types and sizes and even a few fire extinguisher tips as well!

That’s not all as we also design custom fire safety plans, conduct on-site routine testing, offer employee fire training, carry out gas detection inspections, and maintenance of fire protection systems such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, emergency lighting, emergency backup generators, and exit lighting. 

Request a free quote today.

12 Questions to Ask Before Partnering with a Fire Safety Provider

Posted: February 17th, 2023

Fire safety should be a priority for any homeowner or property manager. It is absolutely essential. And, nothing is more key in your fire safety efforts than the fire safety provider you choose to work with. But, with scores of providers in the market, it can be hard trying to find the professional whose a right fit for your property needs.

To facilitate your decision-making process, we’ve written this post. It comprises a list of 12 questions to ask each fire safety provider you’re reviewing.

1: What fire services do you offer?

This is a foundational question as it allows you a chance to get to know the full range of services the provider is offering. Opt for a team that can satisfy your unique needs. Things to inquire about:

  • Fire alarm installations
  • Fire suppression systems
  • Fire door installations
  • Fire evacuation planning
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Annual inspections

2: What accreditations and certifications do you have?

Make sure that the company has the necessary certifications and accreditations. They must also be a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as well as be registered with the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC).

A company that can show commitment to ongoing education is also to be highly considered. That’s because you want a company that keeps up to date with the latest in fire safety best practices in Hamilton.

3: How long have you been operational?

Here you’re essentially asking about the provider’s experience. You want to know how long they’ve been in the fire safety industry. Better yet, you should be interested to learn about their successful track record.

4: Is there 24/7 support?

Emergencies can happen at any time on any given day. Therefore, it helps to have a company that offers round-the-clock service. Also, enquire about the best way to contact the provider in the event of an emergency.

5: Can you furnish me with references?

A good fire safety professional will never be short of satisfied clients happy to give a referral. By reaching out to previous clients, you can get a better sense of the service delivery, quality of work, and the provider’s reputation.

6: Do you provide building occupants with fire training?

Whether you’re a homeowner or building manager, it’s necessary to ensure your family or building occupants know what to do in the event of a fire. They must be taught about such fire safety practices like:

Ideally, if the building has a large occupancy, a select group of fire wardens can be chosen to receive the training which they can then filter down to the rest of their colleagues.

They will essentially be responsible for helping everyone safely leave the building in an emergency.

7: Is there a warranty on your fire services and products?

More often than not, fire safety providers will make recommendations for products you should purchase and install. Equipment like fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and smoke detectors.

Prior to making any purchases, first, ask about the warranty on these products and if this guarantee also extends to the services.

If they say there is a warranty, make sure you know what exactly it’s covering.  

8: How often do you service your equipment?

A company that has faulty equipment is difficult to rely on. You’re looking for a provider that keeps their equipment in tip-top condition and up-to-date. It must be functioning properly so that when you need help, they’ll be able to respond and help resolve any fire incidents quickly.

9: What’s your average response time during emergencies?

How soon can help arrive when you most need it? The response time is telling. It will show you the window period you have between the moment you realize you have an emergency on your hand, calling the fire safety provider and their arrival on the scene.

10: How do you address customer complaints?

The reason you must ask this question is so you know what to anticipate if you ever have an issue with the fire safety provider. You want a provider that’s both professional and competent.  Their customer complaint process must demonstrate both these elements.

11: Are there any promotions or discounts on offer?

This is a good question to ask especially if you intend on making bulk purchases of equipment such as fire-suppressing systems, fire alarms and smoke detectors. If you’re a property manager hiring a fire safety provider for multiple properties, you’ll definitely want to find out if you can negotiate a favourable deal.

12: Can you provide a detailed estimate and proposal?

The last thing you should inquire about is the proposal and the estimate for the services required. You want them to send an itemized invoice showing a breakdown of the costs so you can see exactly what you’re paying for.

The bottom line

When it comes to keeping your property safe in 2023, it pays to have the right fire safety provider working with you. By asking these 12 questions during your review and selection process, you stand a better chance of finding the best provider who meets your needs.

Get in touch with Hamilton’s leading fire safety provider

Homeowners and property managers in Hamilton, Ontario can reach out to Nutech Fire Prevention. Our services are expansive and comprise fire safety training, fire safety recommendations, development of fire safety plans, gas detection, routine checks and maintenance of your fire equipment.

That’s not all we do as we also offer and install a comprehensive line of emergency backup generators, fire alarm systems, fire warning systems, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, exit lighting, and sprinkler systems.

Request a free quote today.

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Emergency Lighting for Businesses 101

Posted: February 8th, 2023

Emergency lighting is foundational as a safety feature within the workplace. It is an essential element in helping people during power outages. By design, its function is to provide illumination when conventional electricity has been cut off and assist employees and customers in safely evacuating the premises.

In this post, we’re going to focus on

·         The basics of emergency lighting

·         The benefits/advantages of emergency lighting and,

·         The key features to look out for.

We’ll also touch on the necessity of routine maintenance and regular testing.

Emergency Lighting Benefits

Advantage #1 Guides people out of a dark building

The main advantage of emergency lighting in the workplace is to help prevent injuries and accidents during an emergency situation.

Events such as natural disasters, fires, and intentional sabotage can result in conventional lighting systems failing, leaving customers and employees stranded in the dark.

As a reactive feature, emergency lighting will become the guide, a source of light, steering people towards an emergency exit and safely out of the building.

Advantage #2 Reduces stress and panic during emergencies

A sudden loss of power can leave many people disoriented, feeling stressed and panicked. Emergency lighting can help assuage some of those feelings.

Because of its ergonomic design, the lighting is bright and easy to follow. This makes it extremely simple for people to navigate around the building and find their way to safety.

Such lighting has been known to calm down people and keep them focused on getting out of the building.

Key Emergency Lighting Features

Type of source light

The type of light source you select is vital. The most common emergency lighting in use is LED. That’s because it’s long-lasting, energy-efficient, and gives off a bright, clear illumination.

Battery backup

Emergency lighting must operate independently from your main power source. This might mean having an off-grid solution. In addition, the lighting must be backed up by a secondary battery.

Automatic sensors

There must be no need for external switching on of the lighting. It should automatically turn on when the main power is lost. Finding the right emergency lighting doesn’t have to be complex. Your local fire expert or fire department can make recommendations on the most suitable systems.

Easy-to-read status indicators

During the routine monthly inspections of your fire safety equipment, you must be able to clearly check on the status of your emergency lighting. This task is best fulfilled when there is an easy-to-read status indicator.

How to Care for Your Emergency Lighting

Here’s what you can do to keep your emergency lighting in tip-top shape.

Regular testing and maintenance

Routine testing alongside maintenance is a surefire way to verify that your workplace emergency lighting is working as it should be.

During such checks, technicians can quickly identify issues that need to be fixed before an emergency occurs. You want the system to be always ready to use when needed.

Regular maintenance is also encouraged as it can serve to extend the life of your emergency lighting system. 

Emergency Lighting FAQ

Here’s an FAQ to answer some questions about emergency lighting.

Q: How often should I test my emergency lighting?

A: The recommended guideline is testing your emergency lighting systems at least once a month. This should ideally be conducted after any repairs and maintenance work has been done. Once a year, it’s pivotal that a certified professional also looks over the entire system to ensure it’s still in compliance with local provincial fire safety codes and regulations.

Q: What happens if my emergency lighting systems fail during an emergency?

A: If this ever happens the results can be catastrophic. Confusion and panic may make it hard for people inside the building to get out. This is the reason regular testing and maintenance are so critical.

Q: Is it possible to integrate my fire alarm systems with emergency lighting?

A: Yes, it is. In fact, the integration of the two fire safety elements means if the fire alarm is triggered the emergency lights will automatically turn on. This activation is an extra layer of safety and property managers should think seriously about merging these two. Your local fire expert can connect the two systems.

Q: Can renewable energy sources power my emergency lighting system?

A: Yes, in today’s green-conscious world this is a suggestion that’s being highly encouraged. Solar and wind are excellent energy sources and should be fully optimized wherever possible. Relying on such eco-friendly sources of energy helps to mitigate the property’s environmental impact while also providing an extra layer of reliability should the main power ever be cut off unexpectedly.

Q: Is there an emergency lighting regulation in Ontario?

A: Yes, provincial fire safety codes exist which regulate emergency lighting. The codes stipulate who should install and maintain emergency lighting in buildings, the frequency of maintenance, and the rules your system must comply with.

Final Thoughts

Every place of business must be equipped with emergency lighting. This system is an essential safety feature for any workplace, furnishing it with illumination and allowing people to safely navigate their way out of the building during an emergency.

When looking for a system, businesses should consider the benefits of having emergency lighting, the system’s features, and the necessity of regular testing and maintenance.

The presence of proper emergency lighting means a business can help reduce the risk for employees and customers if there should ever be a power outage or another emergency.

Where to Find Technical Assistance in Hamilton

Business owners and property managers in Hamilton, Ontario can reach out to our team here at Nutech Fire Prevention. We have the expertise and experience to make suitable emergency lighting recommendations for your building.

That’s not all we do however, as we also offer a comprehensive line of emergency backup generators, fire alarm systems, fire warning systems, fire extinguishers, exit lighting, fire safety plans, sprinkler systems, and gas detection services.

Request a free quote today.

Looking for more insight? Check out these previous posts:

·   How to Plan a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Business

·    How to Quickly Stop a Fire in the Workplace

·    Fire Safety Training Courses for Canada Businesses

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How Often Do You Need to Replace Your Fire Extinguisher?

Posted: January 18th, 2023

The question, “How often do I need to replace my fire extinguisher?” is one that’s frequently asked by both home and business owners.

Fire extinguishers are an integral part of your residential and commercial fire prevention plan and fire safety in general. But how long do they last? And how can you tell if your extinguisher is still in working condition?

Here’s everything you need to know about how and when to replace your fire extinguisher. Our top fire extinguisher tips.

Fire Extinguisher Life Expectancy

So, how long do fire extinguishers last? What life expectancy should you prepare for?

The best bet is to check with the manufacturer of the fire extinguisher. However, a general rule of thumb that’s often used in the industry is:

Rechargeable fire extinguishers have a 10 to 12-year life expectancy, while non-rechargeable (aka disposable) fire extinguishers can be replaced after every 10 years.

But, this isn’t by no means a strict and binding principle as the type of extinguisher also has a bearing on the frequency of replacement. For example;

·         Wet chemical fire extinguishers may be replaced after testing every five years.

·       Dry chemical fire extinguishers may be replaced after six years. 

If dry chemical fire extinguishers are able to reach their 12th year, they are required in that year to undergo hydrostatic testing.

All the same, when it comes to replacing your fire extinguisher you can’t just play it by the number of years that have passed. In addition, there are other ways to know if it’s time for a change. Let’s explore some of these.

To Replace Your Fire Extinguisher or Not?

What are some of the other ways to determine if it’s time to replace your fire extinguisher?

A visual inspection can help you determine if the canister has been damaged in any way and should therefore be immediately replaced. Signs it’s time to replace the fire extinguisher include:

·         Leaking of the agent

·         Visible corrosion and or rust

·         Broken fire extinguisher handle

·         Missing sticker

·         The fire extinguisher was used to extinguish a fire

·         An accidental fire extinguisher discharge occurred

·         A cracked nozzle, hose, or one that’s clogged with debris

·         Unsealed and or missing locking pin on the extinguisher’s handle

Are there any additional things that can invalidate your fire extinguisher? Yes!

What Voids a Fire Extinguisher?

A fire extinguisher’s lifespan can be shortened by any of the following:

1. Incorrect Storage

There is a right and a wrong way to store your fire extinguisher. And contrary to popular practice, fire extinguishers should ALWAYS be mounted upright.

What happens if you store your pressurized or non-pressurized fire extinguisher on its side or at an angle? This may interfere with the canister’s discharge system rendering it useless when you do need to use it.

2. Temperature Extremes

Fire extinguishers aren’t immune to temperature extremes. In fact, while fire extinguishers don’t typically explode when they overheat (because of the safety release valve which allows them to discharge their agent), they can get damaged and stop working properly.

Excessive temperatures above 120 degrees have been known to impair the elastomeric seals thereby decreasing the life span of the extinguisher.

When stored in cold temperatures (below -40 degrees), fire extinguisher valves and hoses have been known to crack. Some extinguishers might even freeze. Humid spaces must also be avoided as they can also lead to rust and corrosion.

3.   Damage to the Canister

Has the fire extinguisher been punctured, suffered a crushing blow, or been tampered with in any way perhaps through vandalism?

Each of these things can ruin the integrity of the fire extinguisher rendering it faulty and up for replacement.

You may want to have a qualified technician assess the fire extinguisher before replacing it, however. It may simply need to be recharged after all. But if significant damage has occurred to the body then the extinguisher will need to be completely replaced.

Fire Extinguisher Routine Maintenance

Simply because your extinguisher doesn’t require yearly replacement is not a reason to avoid routine maintenance.

When it comes to fire prevention for work, businesses are mandated to schedule professional annual fire extinguisher inspections. This is good fire safety best practice.

During the professional maintenance inspection, fire specialists will check the physical state of the canisters as well as verify the integrity of seals and or tamper indicators. A new tamper seal may be installed and dated by the technician.

The fire expert will also verify that the fire extinguisher’s operating instructions are clearly visible and legible.

During routine maintenance, the technicians may recommend that the fire extinguishers be recharged. This typically happens every six years for rechargeable extinguishers. Recharging is vital as you want the chemicals within the fire extinguisher to be fully charged and have the pressure needed to discharge when needed.

Ongoing monthly maintenance may be done in-house by your own employees. All it involves is checking the pressure gauge to ensure that the gauge needle hasn’t gone below the ideal safe zone. If the needle is outside the green zone then the pressure within is too low and it’s time for a replacement.

Wrap Up

While fire extinguishers don’t have an expiration date there are things that nullify them and it’s important to be wary of these so you can replace or recharge on time.

Are you ready to schedule your fire extinguisher inspection? Our All Protect technicians are on hand to inspect your fire extinguishers and guarantee they are in optimal working condition.

Not only that, but we can also design custom fire safety plans, conduct on-site routine testing, fire training, gas detection, inspections, and maintenance of fire protection systems such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, emergency lighting, emergency backup generators, and exit lighting. 

Request a free quote today.

How To Quickly Stop a Fire in the Workplace

Posted: January 3rd, 2023

The threat of fire is ever-present no matter how many preventative steps you take. With that said, fire training should be a top priority.

It’s imperative for your personnel to know how to stop a fire should one break out.

In this post, we’re going to look at the basics of how fires start, what are the common ignition sources, and the top ways you can quickly snuff out a fire before it gets out of control.

So without further ado, let’s dive right on in.

The Science Behind Fire

How do fires start?

Three elements are needed in order for a fire to start. These are:

·         An ignition source (e.g. lighter, match, sparks from an electrical appliance)

·         A fuel source (e.g. paper, textiles, flammable liquids)

·         An oxygen source (readily available from the air)

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to get a fire going and it is for this reason that there are fire codes and building regulations.

These statutory instruments are designed to create safe working environments and encourage internal fire training.

Now that we know how fires start, what are some of the most common workplace fire causes that you need to keep an eye out for?

Common Workplace Fire Causes

Fire experts tell us that the leading causes of fires in business premises and commercial properties are:

1. Malfunctioning appliances and leads

2. Defective fuel supply

3. Incorrect use of devices, appliances and equipment

4. Leaving things close to heat sources

1. Malfunctioning appliances and leads

Damaged, defective, and faulty devices and appliances are major ignition culprits. Examples include:

·         Old, worn-out, frayed electrical wiring

·         Overloaded sockets

·         Obsolete equipment and appliances

·         Faulty plugs and appliances

Prevention advice

Routine checks for electrical wiring integrity should be conducted regularly. Any identified damaged wires should be replaced immediately as these pose a fire hazard.

A qualified electrician should also examine appliances and Portable Appliances Tests (PATs) carried out where necessary.

Because fire prevention in the workplace is a team effort, employees need to also be reminded not to overload sockets.

2. Defective fuel supply

We’ve seen that fuel is a core requirement needed to start a fire, but what exactly constitutes a defective fuel source?

Common examples include: 

·         Damaged gas pipelines    

·         Faulty electrical cables

·         Incorrect storage of flammable liquids like petrol

Prevention advice

It is mandatory to schedule routine servicing of fuel supplies. Certified gas leak experts should come in on a regular basis to check the integrity of internal and external gas pipelines.

Similarly, qualified engineers should test and check electrical cables all over the premises.

Flammable fuels at the workplace must be stored according to the instructions spelled out in the company’s fire safety plan.

3. Incorrect use of devices, appliances and equipment

With numerous connected devices and equipment in an office, the risk of fire increases exponentially. And here are the most common ways appliances can cause fires:

·         Spilling liquids on electrical devices

·         Leaving ovens, toasters, and microwaves unattended

·         Leaving electrical heaters on

·         Allowing devices to overcharge

Prevention advice

Any liquids spilled on a device must be immediately cleaned up. 

Ovens, microwaves, and toasters must be wiped down routinely to remove grease and dirt. Ensure microwave-safe crockery is used when heating up food.

Before leaving the office, sockets must be unplugged where possible.

4. Leaving things close to heat sources

It’s easy to place items close to a heat source and become absent-minded and forget, making them an easy fire hazard. Here are typical office examples:

·         Leaving paper towels or clothes next to portable heaters

·         Placing tin foil in the microwave

·         Placing devices that need ventilation on non-solid surfaces and in spaces with little air

Prevention advice

Any electrical device has the capacity to generate heat. Therefore, be mindful of what you place next to these heat sources.

Always make sure computers, TVs, or heat-generating appliances have plenty of ventilation. Place computers, even laptops, on hard surfaces and avoid leaving them on couches.

Top 5 Ways to Put Out Workplace Fire

We know from the science of how fires start, that fires are sustained by some type of fuel and oxygen.

In order to put out the fire, we must first understand what type of fire we’re dealing with so we know the best fire suppression tools to use. Here are some of our fire extinguisher tips!

1. How to Put Out Class A Fires

Class A fires are those involving clothing, paper, plastic or wood.

In order to put out a workplace fire involving any of these elements, you will need a foam or water-based extinguisher.

2. How to Put Out Class B Fires

Class B fires are those involving flammable liquids such as alcohol, petrol, gases, or paint.

These fires must never be extinguished with a water extinguisher but instead with a carbon dioxide, powder or foam fire extinguisher.

The nozzle of the fire extinguisher must be aimed at the base of these types of fires to avoid a flare-up.

3. How to Put Out Class C Fires

Class C fires involve electricity and as such need special care.

A dry powder or carbon dioxide fire extinguisher is deployed. A blanket may be used to smother any lingering flames.

If it is safe enough to unplug any connected devices do so. Alternatively, switch off power to the electrical devices at the main switch.

4. How to Put Out Class D Fires

Class D fires are rare and involve the ignition of metals such as aluminum, potassium, and sodium. Their suppression expressly requires a dry powder fire extinguisher.

5. How to Put Out Class K Fires

Class K fires typically occur in commercial kitchens where food is prepared using vegetable or animal fats and oils. Such fires warrant a wet chemical extinguisher.

Best Practice: Always Call Emergency Services

Evacuate employees to a safe assembly point and if you suspect that you cannot control the fire, be sure to immediately call the fire department for help. This is particularly true in the case of electrical fires. 

The Bottom Line

Accidental workplace fires can be stopped before they turn into full-blazes by implementing any of the best practices mentioned above.

As fire safety experts we are convinced of the importance of educating your employees about fire safety. If you don’t have a current fire prevention plan and would like help to develop one, contact All Protect.

We can also design custom fire safety plans, conduct on-site routine testing, fire training, gas detection, inspections, and maintenance of fire protection systems such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, emergency lighting, emergency backup generators, and exit lighting. 

Furthermore, if you are looking to upgrade your current fire systems we make recommendations for fire protection solutions that fit your budget and your needs.

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What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do I Need for My Business?

Posted: December 20th, 2022

Did you know that there are two types of fire extinguishers?

Yes, fire extinguishers are not the same. They are distinguished mainly by whether they are cartridge-operated or stored pressure, their contents, and the type of fire they are designed to suppress.

In this post, we’re going to look at a few fire extinguisher tips and consider how to choose the right fire extinguisher for your business.

Before we do, however, here’s everything you need to know about fire extinguishers. Let’s start by defining what a fire extinguisher is.

Fire Extinguisher Definition gives us a comprehensive definition:

Fire extinguishers are portable devices used to extinguish small fires or reduce their destruction before firefighters arrive at the scene.”

Put another way, it’s a fire safety system used in the suppression and control of containable fires. It’s important to highlight the fact that employees should only attempt to suppress minor fires, typically when an emergency arises.

Employees should in no way try to extinguish a fire that’s beyond their control. We mean here a fire which has scaled to ceiling height, where there is a risk of being trapped, or where there is an explosion hazard.

In this case, the designated fire wardens should channel their efforts to ensure that everyone has been evacuated from the building as they were taught during their fire training. Once safely at the meeting point, they can then contact the relevant fire authorities.

The Two Types of Fire Extinguishers

As mentioned at the beginning, there are two main types of fire extinguishers:

Stored Pressure Fire Extinguishers

Stored pressured fire extinguishers (SPFE) are designed in such a way that the firefighting agent is contained in the same compartment as the expellant. The firefighting agent can range from liquid gas to dry/wet chemical agents.

Nitrogen is generally the propeller of choice in these fire suppressant systems. SPFE are also the most common type of fire extinguisher you’ll find. Therefore, this is the type of fire extinguisher you’ll probably be recommended for your business.

Cartridge-Operated Fire Extinguishers

Cartridge-operated fire extinguishers (COFE) are hand-held cylindrical pressure systems and are the less common of the two forms. The extinguishing gas is stored within a different part of the cartridge.

Prior to discharge, this gas-containing chamber is punctured and the extinguishing agent mixes with the propellant. Cartridge-operated fire extinguishers are mostly found in industrial-type businesses. Hence, if your business is industrial in nature, the best fire extinguishers are generally COFE.

Now, with this understanding, let’s examine how to choose fire extinguishers for your business based on the agents they contain. Here are our best fire extinguisher tips.

How to Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher for Your Business

1.     Carbon-Dioxide Extinguishers

Example businesses: Manufacturing, laboratories, pharmaceuticals

Recommended fire extinguisher: Carbon dioxide fire extinguisher

Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers are used to extinguish Class B and C fires. These are fires involving chemicals and sometimes electrical power tools or elements that may arise in manufacturing sites, laboratories and pharmaceutical spaces.

2.     Chemical Foam Extinguishers

Example businesses: Versatile – bookstores, rubber plants, plastics manufacturers, lumbers, clothing stores, hardware stores etc

Recommended fire extinguisher: Chemical foam extinguishers

Chemical foam fire extinguishers are the most versatile extinguishers and hence are often recommended for the average business. Whether you’re a bookstore, rubber plant, plastics manufacturer, lumber, clothing store, or hardware store, this is the fire extinguisher for you.

3.     Dry Chemical Extinguishers

Example business: Industrial complexes with flammable substances 

Recommended fire extinguisher: sodium chloride fire extinguishers

Businesses whose activities revolve around volatile elements like gas, oil, and paint, as well as manufacturing plants with lots of power tools and motors, are at high risk for fire and thus necessitate dry chemical fire extinguishers.

4.     Dry Powder Extinguishers

Example businesses: Metal refineries, metal extraction plants, mining sites

Recommended fire extinguisher: Dry powder extinguishers

Businesses involving the extraction, refinement, and conversion of metals into different products need dry powder extinguishers. Especially when dealing with combustible metals such as titanium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

5.     Liquid Gas Extinguishers

Example businesses: Gas companies, oil, paint and lacquer dealerships

Recommended fire extinguisher: Liquid gas extinguishers

Liquid gas is the suppressant of choice for fires whose fuel is paint, oil, lacquer or gas.

6.     Water Extinguishers

Example businesses: Libraries, clothing shops, paper mills, woodworks

Recommended fire extinguisher: Water-based fire extinguisher

Businesses dealing in rubber and plastics can also rely on water-based fire extinguishers.

7. Wet Chemical Extinguishers

Example businesses: Restaurants, fast food outlets, commercial kitchens

Recommended fire extinguisher: Wet chemical fire extinguishers

These fire extinguishers are best for businesses such as commercial kitchens where the risk of fire from grease, fats, and cooking oils is high.

Storing Your Fire Extinguishers

Great, now that you know which fire extinguisher to purchase for your business, here are our best fire extinguisher tips regarding storage.

Tip #1 Where to Mount Your Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers should be mounted in a place that’s easy to access and clearly visible.  They should not be kept locked in cardboards, stored in backrooms, or inaccessible places.

Preferably set up the extinguishers near fire hazards or fire hazard areas like kitchens but give enough room to reach the extinguisher. Therefore, approximately 10m (30 feet) away from the fire hazard.

Tip #2 Store Fire Extinguishers Vertically

Whenever possible, store the fire extinguishers in an upright position. 

Laying the canister on its side may interfere with discharge when you need to use it. This is particularly true for COFE also known as non-pressurized fire extinguishers.

Tip #3 Avoid Adverse Weather Conditions

Fire extinguishers can be affected by adverse weather conditions. Therefore, ensure they are kept in places where temperatures are not extreme.

The general rule is that the rooms in which fire extinguishers are stored should be within the following temperatures: -40 and 48.9°C (-40 and 120°F).

Wrap Up

Our All Protect fire specialists are happy to make fire extinguisher recommendations for your business.

Not only that, but we can also design custom fire safety plans, conduct on-site routine testing, fire training, gas detection, inspections, and maintenance of fire protection systems such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, emergency lighting, emergency backup generators, and exit lighting. 

Request a free quote today.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Basics for Every Business Owner

Posted: December 6th, 2022

Fire extinguishers are designed to fight small fires, providing a layer of protection for your employees and business property.

The most important thing you can do to assist in protecting your consumers, workers, and assets is to reduce the danger of a possible fire at your company.

So what steps should you take to reduce the likelihood of such an emergency from happening at your business?

In this post, we consider a few key fire extinguisher tips that every business owner should keep in mind when it comes to using fire extinguishers effectively.

1. Keep Fire Extinguisher Accessible and Clearly Labeled

When it comes to fire safety, having easy access to fire extinguishers is essential. Not only are fire extinguishers an important tool for putting out small fires, but they can also help to minimize the risk of fire spreading if a fire does occur. 

To ensure fire extinguishers are always within reach, it is important to develop a fire prevention plan that includes adequate placement and labelling.

Consider placing fire extinguishers near potential fire hazards like electrical outlets or stove burners, as well as clearly marking their location with visible labels or signage. By taking this simple step, you can help to keep your workplace safe from fire.

2. Ensure Your Equipment Is Up to Date

When it comes to fire prevention for work, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the condition of your fire extinguisher. An out-of-date fire extinguisher can be ineffective during an emergency, putting you and your coworkers at risk. 

Therefore, it is important to regularly check on the status of your fire extinguisher, making sure that all internal components are still working properly and that there are no visible signs of wear or damage. Issues you should take note of:

●     A destroyed nozzle 

●     A leaking fire extinguisher

●     Visible wear or damage to the fire extinguisher itself

●     A missing lock pin 

3. Fire Extinguishers Should Be Routinely Replaced

Fire prevention for work is something that every business owner should be actively thinking about. Unfortunately, fire extinguishers don’t last forever. Your fire prevention plan should assist you with the protocol surrounding fire extinguisher replacement times.

It’s important to regularly check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers and replace them as needed. Fire extinguishers regularly have a life expectancy of 10 years, however, this can vary depending upon the sort of fire extinguisher and how frequently it’s utilized. 

If you’re not sure when your fire extinguishers need to be replaced, consult with a fire safety professional.

4. Test Your Fire Extinguisher

To ensure optimal fire prevention for work, you should regularly test your fire extinguishers to make sure they are all working properly. One way to test your fire extinguishers is to follow the PULSE acronym: 

P for pulling the pin, 

U for understanding how the lever works, 

L for looking at how much pressure you’re applying, 

S for squeezing the handle while keeping the nozzle pointed away from yourself, and

E for immediately discharging all of the foam or powder from the canister once it has been activated.

5. Fire Extinguishers Are Specifically Designed to Fight Different Kinds of Fires

Grease fires have different qualities than electrical fires, and therefore, require a different fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers will be labelled with the sort of fire they can put out. You need to get fire training from professionals. The three most common types of fire extinguishers include:

●     Multipurpose ABC dry chemical extinguishers

This type of fire extinguisher is effective in Class A (ordinary), B (flammable liquid), and C (electrical) fires.

●     Water mist fire extinguishers

Water mist fire extinguishers work by cooling the fire and removing the oxygen, which smothers the fire.

●     CO2 fire extinguishers

CO2 fire extinguishers are more useful for Class B and C fires.

●     Sodium chloride fire extinguishers

Sodium chloride fire extinguishers are only effective in Class C fires and can cause damage to electrical equipment.

6. After a Fire, the Extinguishers Must Be Recharged

Once a fire extinguisher has been used, it must be recharged by a certified professional. This is because the fire extinguisher will have lost some of its pressure after use and must be refilled with the appropriate fire suppression agent. 

Failure to have your fire extinguisher recharged can result in a fire extinguisher that is not effective when you need it most, putting you and your coworkers at risk. By following these simple steps, you can help to keep your workplace safe from fire and ensure that you are always prepared for any emergency.

8. You Must Properly Dispose of Fire Extinguishers

As any business owner can tell you, fire safety is critical in every workplace. Having fire extinguishers on your premise is a critically key fire safety procedure. 

However, fire extinguishers also need to be thoroughly maintained and disposed of properly. For nearly-empty fire extinguishers, start by squeezing the trigger to release any remaining pressure. Next, remove the discharge hose and discharge valve from the canister.

When it’s time to replace fire extinguishers, contact a professional. You can recycle old fire extinguishers or sell them online on sites like eBay or Craigslist if you remove the internal content. 

Bottom Line

Fire extinguishers are an essential part of any fire prevention plan. Remember to regularly check the status of your fire extinguisher and have it replaced if there is any damage. Be sure to communicate with your staff about fire safety procedures and provide fire training regularly. 

For businesses in Waterloo, Ontario keen to discuss fire suppression systems with a specialist don’t hesitate to reach out to All Protect Systems.

We offer a comprehensive line of emergency backup generators, fire alarm systems, fire warning systems, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, exit lighting, fire safety plans, sprinkler systems, and gas detection services.

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