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3 Elements of Fire

Misunderstanding Fire Can Extinguish Your Life: Learn More

Fire is a serious business with many components of how they start, what the principles are of what they need to burn, and what needs to be done to extinguish them or keep them under control.  The National Safety Compliance provides vital guidelines.

Understanding the principles of fire is important.  There are three elements that are necessary to make a chemical reaction: heat, fuel, and oxygen.  As long as these three elements are present, a fire will continue to burn.  When any one of these elements are removed, can a fire be extinguished.  A fire starts with heat which can serves as a source of ignition. Open flames, static electricity, faulty electrical circuits, unshielded hot surfaces, friction, and chemical reactions are where heat can be generated.  Fuels that contribute to a fire can be combustible solids like paper or wood, some metals, and flammable liquids and gasses. 

OSHA (Occupation of Safety and Health Association) mandates a workplace safety plan according to its regulation standard 29 CFR 1910.39.  For a workplace of eleven or more employees, this plan must be made available to all workers in writing.  Less than eleven employees often will have employers discuss fire safety plans verbally with everyone. 

Some of the common causes of workplace fires can be: electrical neglect and misuse of wiring and electrical appliances, particularly with the operation and use of space heaters.   Work places that have certain chemicals present can start fires as well.  They are: gasoline, paint, fuels, solvents, and manufacturing chemicals. They should always be used in well ventilated areas and kept away from heat and objects that can create sparks. Where there are situations where welding, torching, and other tasks that emit sparks can occur are potential hazardous areas for a workplace fire.

A company’s housekeeping practices such as trash and paper accumulation can also be a potential source of ignition within an office.  The improper storage of flammable substances can cause a fire in offices or storage rooms.  Smoke-free office policies does not remove the threat of fire since the improper discarding of cigarettes without proper receptacles can lead to the outbreak of a fire very easily.

There are varying degrees of fire severity and understanding them can determine whether the fire can be put out, what means they can be extinguished, and which ones require special handling.  Notification of the fire department is always the best practice whenever a fire ignites.  There are five classes of fire that are established for this purpose:  Class A, B, C, D, and K   This also will enable you to understand which fire extinguisher can be used for which circumstance. 

The most common type of fire is a Class A fire.  This includes the burning of wood, paper, cloth, plastic, and rubber.  A Class B fire is a combustible fuel fire which includes flammable liquids, oils, greases, gases, tars, and oil based paints. A Class C fire involves energized electrical equipment.  Water cannot be used in this kind of a fire since electrical shock can occur if water is used here.  A Class D fire is the burning of flammable metals such as sodium, titanium, magnesium, potassium, and lithium, and this fire also like a Class C cannot be put out with water.    A Class K fire is a kitchen fire which is a subset of a Class B fire which involves cooking oils.    

These classification understandings of fire determine which type of fire extinguishers can be used.  Water based fire extinguishers can be used for a Class A fire which are designed to remove the heat from the fire.  Dry chemical based fire extinguishers can be used in Class A,B,C, or K fires.  These fire extinguishers can inhibit a chemical reaction.  Carbon dioxide extinguishers can be used on a Class A, B, C, or K fire.  They are designed to remove the oxygen from the fire.  There are also halogenated/ clean agent based fire extinguishers that can be used in the same classes of fires but particularly Class C fires.  They also remove the oxygen from a fire.  Metal X extinguishers are for Class D fires. 

A monthly fire extinguisher inspection should be conducted.  All fire extinguishers need to be in their proper location and easily visible and accessible. Someone should also be responsible for ensuring that each extinguisher is indicated with the proper pressure and use prominently displayed.  An annual inspection of each fire extinguisher needs to be conducted by the fire marshal and depending upon the age and type of extinguisher, the necessary steps need to be adhered. 

If and when a fire occurs, it is important to remember the basics of safety namely dialing 911 immediately to notify the fire department, activate the emergency alarm, and help others to escape safely.  When using a fire extinguisher, one needs to determine that it is small and contained, you are safe from toxic smoke, and that there is a clear cut evacuation means.   When using the extinguisher, you must know the  procedure as PASS.  P-Pull the pin, A-aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire, S-squeeze the handle, and S-sweep from side to side.  A fire extinguisher is only designed for small fires and only contain a few seconds of discharge. 

Ultimately, time is of the essence and escaping rapidly is always the best policy when unsure as to how to handle a fire and what to do.  For more fire prevention and safety tips to follow, contact Manhattan Fire & Safety          242 W 30th St # 701    New York, NY 10001-0792   (212) 563-7500   www.rechargingfireextinguishers.com.

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Tips For Fire and Safety Precaution

Many people and businesses purchase fire extinguishers without really understanding what they are purchasing or how it is actually used.  Perhaps we can clarify some of the salient points needed to know in this field.

A fire extinguisher has certain functions of fire situations that it is designed to combat.  As an owner of a fire extinguisher it is incumbent upon the business or owner to have a clear idea as to what scenarios are most commonly required for a fire extinguisher that is there.  Amongst the more common situations are trash, paper products, liquids, wood, electrical, and oil and grease. 

Location for where the fire extinguishers should be placed is a very important decision.  Households necessitate placing them outside the bedrooms and bathrooms that are easily accessible to all.  The kitchen area where there is heat and flames from a cooking range needs to have an extinguisher within easy reach, however never to be placed underneath the stove itself.  A kitchen fire where the flames are in the stove area would make it inadvisable to store your extinguisher there.  

Preparedness:  The fire extinguishers need to be always ready and loaded with full battery charges if battery powered.  Such batteries would require changing at least twice a year. 

Fires that occur due to grease should be put out with baking soda or a covered id and never with water.  Water ill exacerbate a grease fire and cause it to spread. 

The fire extinguisher needs to be used properly where the user stands with ample clearance from the dangerous flames.  A minimum distance of six feet is ideal. 

An office or home certainly needs smoke detectors installed properly throughout the building in each and every room.  Additionally, heat detectors are also important to warn anyone of impending danger. 

All parties that are inhabitants of the home or office need to know what the escape plans are in the event of a fire.  If there any security systems that can be set off to warn the fire department or police, these codes or buttons need to be identified to all people there. 

For more tips and advice on prudent fire safety precautions, contact: Manhattan Fire & Safety

242 W 30th St # 701   New York, NY 10001-0792    (212) 563-7500

www.rechargingfireextinguishers.com

Fire Extinguisher

Should You Fire Your Fire Extinguisher Company?

If you have a fire extinguisher company what should you expect from them?  Scheduling your regular recharging and inspection of your fire extinguishers on your premises is vital to your safety.

Fire extinguisher companies are in a serious business of reliability and their tasks are to service their clients by reminding them to recharge their fire extinguishers and inspect them so that they are always compliant with fire department regulations.  Most importantly, these companies need to ensure that the fire extinguishers are always available in proper working order. 

Similar to smoke alarms and heat detectors, one should not find out that the equipment is not working when it is too late.  There is no second chance to get it right when such fire safety equipment  exists for the purpose of preventing catastrophes and saving lives.  Not only is a friendly reminder important but also a continual follow up via various means of communication is necessary. 

Manhattan Fire & Safety is located in lower mid-town Manhattan, New York City, where there are probably more fire extinguishers and office buildings that use them.  They have been in business for over twenty years and maintain a staff of certified technicians that are on call at twenty four hour notice.  These certifications are with the New York City Fire Department and additionally, they are insured for full liability for their work. 

Whatever comfort these certifications and insurance coverage provide, the company is regulated to a higher compliancy standard.  Still, an important pre-requisite but the litmus test is the track record and performance of the results that they live up to.  Whichever fire extinguisher company you may choose in New York and its five boroughs, it is incumbent upon yourself to check to see that these certifications are maintained and also do some investigative work to see what their performance record has been over the years. 

Are they reliable?  Do they take a pre-emptive approach to warding off problems that may occur?  Consult with an experienced professional like Manhattan Fire & Safety and ask the questions that you may have before you make a mistake that can be fatal and also put you in danger of non compliancy as a home or business. 

For more tips and advice on prudent fire safety precautions, contact: Manhattan Fire & Safety

242 W 30th St # 701   New York, NY 10001-0792    (888) 959-5198

www.rechargingfireextinguishers.com

 

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New York Style Fire and Safety

What do you do in case of a fire?  Do you have a fire extinguisher and is it in good working condition?  These are a couple of simple questions you need to know the answer for, in case of an emergency:

The first and most important thing to do if caught in a situation where there is a fire is to call 911 and report the fire immediately without hesitation.   If you hear a fire alarm, it is incumbent to take it seriously. Leave the building, home, office or any area immediately.  Always stay low to the ground where there is cleaner and cooler air and do not attempt to go back.  When leaving buildings, one should do so by closing all doors behind.  Additionally, keep in mind that having fire equipment handy throughout any occupied areas, is a prudent practice and  may avoid fire disasters on larger scales.

Fire extinguishers are vital pieces of equipment to have available whether it is work, home, school, hospitals, etc.  Sometimes very small fires are started for many different reasons and with a fire extinguisher and the knowledge of how to use one, a fire hazard that has the potential to escalate can be completely avoided.  Recharging fire extinguishers is also a very important tip to keep in mind.  You do not want to encounter an emergency and find out the extinguisher was empty or not fully charged.

Smoke detectors, like fire extinguishers can save a tragedy from happening and are also devices that should be installed in all occupied areas.  A smoke detector detects smoke, indicating fire. Commercial, industrial, and mass residential devices issue a signal to a fire alarm system, while household detectors, known as smoke alarms will give out a very loud audible signal which alerts the presence of heavy smoke or fire. Like any piece of equipment, maintenance is of upmost importance, therefore, inspection, recharging, repairing and proper installation is always a priority.

            In the heart of Manhattan, Manhattan Fire and Safety, a company located in Nassau, New York provides the dedication and care for your every fire and safety need in the five boroughs of New York City.  Providing every citizen with  equipment, repairs, inspections, installations, maintenance and so much more, making sure you are safe at all times is always their priority and goal.

 

  For more tips and advice on prudent fire safety precautions, contact: Manhattan Fire & Safety

242 W 30th St # 701   New York, NY 10001-0792    (212) 563-7500

www.rechargingfireextinguishers.com

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Fire Safety is a serious business particularly when dealing with adhering to expiration of inspection notices in order to keep your equipment in compliance with fire code and fire department regulations.  A home and / or business needs to have a trusted fire safety company that regularly inspects and re-charges fire extinguishers that are on your premises to save your life and valuables.  Manhattan Fire & Safety is located in the heart of NYC where there are more buildings and residents who have fire extinguishers.  They service one of the most important apparatus that we so often neglect yet must have.  Manhattan Fire & Safety will put your fire extinguisher on a schedule and arrange a pick up and delivery to conveniently ensure that you and your home or business is constantly in compliance.

They will also provide any guidance and consultation regarding any fire safety issues and other items that one should be equipped with in order to be safe.  High risers and metropolitan areas like Manhattan and the outer boroughs, require a pro fire safety company in their corner.

Contact Manhattan Fire & Safety:  (888) 959-5198 x101