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Selecting a Fire Extinguisher Process
Step 1

Step 1

4 Easy Selection Steps

Determine the Application of Use
Step 1
Where am I Going to Use the Fire Extinguisher?
Review the list of applications below and note the Agent and Fire Classification that most accurately fits your needs
Proceed to step 2 below.
Step 1 Table

Step 1 Table

Application Agent Fire Classes
Homes Multi Purpose Dry Chemical A:B:C
Stores Multi Purpose Dry Chemical A:B:C
Factories Multi Purpose Dry Chemical A:B:C
Schools Multi Purpose Dry Chemical A:B:C
Hospitals Multi Purpose Dry Chemical A:B:C
Hotels Multi Purpose Dry Chemical A:B:C
General Office Areas Multi Purpose Dry Chemical A:B:C
Laboratories Regular Dry Chemical B:C
Factories Regular Dry Chemical B:C
Residential Kitchens Regular Dry Chemical B:C
Garages Regular Dry Chemical B:C
Boats Regular Dry Chemical B:C
Military Facilities Purple K Dry Chemical B:C
Oil Companies Purple K Dry Chemical B:C
Airport Ramps Purple K Dry Chemical B:C
Garages Purple K Dry Chemical B:C
Factories Purple K Dry Chemical B:C
Vehicles Purple K Dry Chemical B:C
Service Stations Purple K Dry Chemical B:C
Transfer Areas Purple K Dry Chemical B:C
Anywhere contamination/cleanup time critical Carbon Dioxide B:C
Data Proc Centers (requiring quick clean-up) Carbon Dioxide B:C
Labs Carbon Dioxide B:C
Telephone Equipment Rooms Carbon Dioxide B:C
Video and Audio Storage Areas Carbon Dioxide B:C
Food Storage and Processing Plants Carbon Dioxide B:C
Commercial Kitchens (req by code) Wet Chemical K
Computer Rooms Halotron A:B:C
Clean Rooms Laboratories Halotron A:B:C
Communication Studios Halotron A:B:C
Theaters Telecommunications Areas Halotron A:B:C
Museums Halotron A:B:C
FAA Control Towers Halotron A:B:C
Marine Applications Halotron A:B:C
Stockrooms Water A
Schools Offices Water A
Dry-goods Stores Water A
Garages Foam A:B
Vehicles Foam A:B
Homes Foam A:B
Workshop Areas Foam A:B
Step 2

Step 2


Review Fire Extinguishing Agent Properties
Step 2
Are the attributes of the extinguishing agent going to fit my needs?
Reference table below regarding the fire extinguishing agent you noted from step one. Review the information that it accurately represents your needs regarding properties, extinguishing action, and clean-up for the extinguishing agent you noted.
Proceed to step 3 below.
Step 2 Table

Step 2 Table

Agent Properties Extinguishing Action Clean-Up
Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical

Non-toxic
Highly effective on all 3 classes of fire
Absorbs some heat
Mildly corrosive when moisture present
Non-conductive

Breaks chain reaction of fire, also smothers & cools Vacuum, sweep promptly, or scrub to avoid corrosion
Regular Dry Chemical Non-toxic
Effective on class B & C fires
Non-corrosive
Non-conductive
Breaks chain reaction of fire Vacuum, sweep or flush with water
Purple K Dry Chemical Superior to other dry chemicals in extinguishing class B fires
Non-corrosive
Non-conductive
Non-toxic
Breaks chain reaction of fire Vacuum, sweep or flush with water
Carbon Dioxide Cooling agent
Removes oxygen to starve fire
Limited range
Environmentally safe
Leaves no residue
Smoothers, cools None required
Wet Chemical Reduces temperature
Cooling agent
Extinguishes and reacts with cooking media to Prevent reflash
Designed for commercial kitchen application
Chemical Reaction, cooling Wipe down
Halotron Ozone friendly
Vaporizing liquid
Primarily a cooling agent
Leaves no residue
Clean alternative to halon 1211
EPA approved
Cool, quench, break chemical reaction None required
Water Remove heat from fire by cooling wets embers to prevent reigniting
Long range capability
Conductive
Not for use with B or C fires
Cool, quench Allow to dry
Foam Cooling agent
Floats on similar or flammable liquids to suppress vapors and help prevent reflash
Easy to clean-up
Non-toxic
Cool, smother, break chemical reaction Wash down, let evaporate
Step 3

Step 3


Review Fire Classification
Step 3
Are the flamable items in my application area addressed by the fire extinguisher classification?
Reference the table below regarding fire classifications you noted from step one. Review the information below ensuring that all primary items in your area are addressed within the classifications you noted. Be sure that the classification noted accurately represents your needs regarding threat in your application area.
Proceed to step 4 below.
Step 3 Table

Step 3 Table

Fire Classifications
A
B
C
K
Wood
Flamable Liquids
Electrical Equipment
Commercial Kitchens
Paper
Gases
Wiring
Cloth
Solvents
Controls
Rubber
Oil/Gasoline
Motors
Trash
Paint
Data Processing Panels
Plastics
Lacquers
Appliances
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Synthetics

Review Final Consideration List
Step 4
What else should I consider when making my selection?
Use the list below to consider any specific needs you may have or to complement your selection. After reviewing this information, you may select on one of the the options below to review the products options available to you. Call us at 888-947-3473 if you have problems/questions. You may also email info@firesafetysouce.com.

Other Things to Consider
  • Fire Code
    Commercial businesses should consult with their local Fire Marshall if they are unsure of the unit selected is within the local fire code. Fire code can vary widely in different parts of the country.
  • Minimum Rating Suggested
    Kidde and Badger produce all of their fire extinguishers meeting or exceeding the minimum UL code rating suggested. Rating are independently provided by Underwriters Laboratories. Units rated higher than the minimum ratings will be more effective. It is often the best choice to select a fire extinguisher meeting higher than the minimum rating recommended.
  • Storage
    There are multiple options related to storing fire extinguishers. One of the most important things to consider is visibility and familiarity of location for its users. Almost all of the fire extinguishers we represent come with a storage accessory. Most often this is a wall mount or wall hook. Additionally, there are numberous fire cabinets coming in steel, aluminum, stainless steel, bronze brass, ABS plastic and fiberglass. Other options include wall mounted, wall recessed, corner mounted. Door pannels and colors vary across the numberous options. Please email us your preferences to info@firesafetysource.com and we will return a purchase offer on the cabinets. You may also call (888) 947-3473.
  • Size
    The amount of extinguishing agent an extinguisher contains will vary directly with its ability to effectively control a fire. More important than the size of the unit is the UL rating it receives in relation to the fire types. In general, the larger area that a fire extinguisher has to cover, the larger the fire extinguisher required and the higher UL rating required. A good general safety rule is that more well placed smaller fire extinguishers is safer than fewer large extinguishers. We recommend that you check with your local Fire Marshall on specifics in this area.
  • Weight
    Weight is only a consideration if the extinguisher size may be hard to handle or can't be moved quickly due to the weight of the unit. Large units are wheeled to provide for quick response time.
  • Accessories and Complimentary Items
    Some common items purchased at the same time as fire extinguishers include:
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    Fire Cabinets
    Fire Blankets
    Fire Escape Ladders
  • Education
    We have provided links to following information:
    Home Fire Escape Plans
    How and When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
    Fire Safety Tips

    If you are in need of further consultation for your business relating to fire safety, you may contact your local safety training company.
You are ready to select one of the views below to see your fire extinguisher options!
Select View Options next to selection group of your choice.
Step 4 Table

Step 4 Table

View Classification Agent
View Options All All
View Options ABC Halotron
View Options ABC Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical
View Options ABC Regular Dry Chemical
View Options BC Carbon Dioxide
View Options BC Regular Dry Chemical

View Options

BC

Halotron
View Options BC Purple K Dry Chemical
View Options K Wet Chemical
View Options A Water
View Options AB Foam
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