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Thursday, December 1, 2016

NFPA Says There's a Fire Every 23 Seconds

According to the #NFPA, there's a #fire every 23 seconds in the United States (#USA) | #ESC_LLC #death #injury #statistics #trending | There were 1,345,500 total fires reported during #2015. Of this number, 3,200 were civilian fire #deaths and 15,70 were fire #injuries. Because of these fires, total property damage amounted to $14.million.

If you own a commercial building or you manage an institution of some kind, you already know that fire alarms and/or fire sprinklers are required in a good many applications. If you’re getting ready to open a new facility or you recently did so, you can rely on #ESC_LLC to provide you with the information, initial quote, and installation you need. ESC will also provide the yearly inspections required for most all fire-related systems. Our technicians are factory trained and state certified. Remember, ESC does fire protection right!

Call us today at 614-754-1393 or email us at electronicsystemsconsultants@gmail.com.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Use The Right Portable Fire Extinguisher

Ansul Sentry fire extinguishers If a fire broke out in your home or place of business today, would you automatically know which fire extinguisher to use? What would happen if you used a Class A fire extinguisher on a fire in the electrical service panel in your basement? Answer: you'd possibly be electrocuted if the extinguishing agent is a liquid!

A long time ago, the fire protection industry recognized the need to classify extinguishers according to the many kinds of burning materials encountered in a fire. For example, Class A, water-type fire extinguishers cannot be used on the electrical fires because the extinguisher operator could be seriously injured by the conduction of electricity by the stream of water from their extinguisher. Instead, a Class C fire extinguisher will work best. Another example, a raging fire in a manufacturing plant with flammable metals, such as magnesium, should be fought with a Class D fire extinguisher (see chart below).

Fire Classifications

  • Class A: Fires that involve wood, cloth, rubber, paper, and some types of plastics.
  • Class B: Fires that involve gasoline, oil, paint, natural and propane gases, and flammable liquids, gases, and greases.
  • Class C: Fires that involve all the materials found in Class A and B fires, but with the introduction of an electrical appliances, wiring, or other electrically energized objects in the vicinity of the fire.
  • Class D: Fires that involve combustible metals, such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium.

The following video tutorial by OSHA, added to this article on 6/24/15, offers helpful information on how to use a fire extinguisher. Especially important is the portion of this video that deals with when to use and not to use certain types of fire extinguishers.

Besides knowing what type of fire you're likely to encounter, it's also important to know what kind of extinguishing agent your fire extinguisher should have in it. This is because certain extinguishments will work only on certain kinds of fires. Others can actually aggravate the situation, causing an even more critical situation. (read more).

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