When to Use a Co2 fire Extinguisher and How to Buy One

by Allia Vidmer on February 25, 2010

Fire extinguishers are one of those things that people see everyday of their working lives. There may be one next to the coffee machine, or in that corner where coats are hung in the morning and collected at the end of the day, but they go unnoticed. If someone was to ask where the nearest one was, who could say with any certainty? Now ask yourself where the nearest co2 fire extinguisher is and the chances are you will be left scratching your head.

It’s incredible to think that something that can save lives is taken for granted on so many occasions. Of course, everyone is busy with their jobs and therefore has 101 things to do, but surely it’s worth taking just a few moments to familiarize yourself with the fire extinguishers in your place of work.

The first thing to understand is that there are different fire extinguishers for different purposes. It’s obviously vital that you and your staff understand the differences so if the worst happens, you are ready to react in an appropriate manner.

Perhaps the single most important fact to bear in mind is that should a fire break out, it is treated with the appropriate fire extinguisher. In most modern offices, the chances of a fire involving paper are relatively small. It is much more likely that a fire involving electrical equipment might break out (although these are still thankfully rare).

The golden rule here is not to use an extinguisher designed to tackle paper-based fires on an electrical fire as the former is essentially pressurized water and as everyone knows, water and electricity don’t mix!

Therefore, the extinguisher that you will need is a co2 fire extinguisher. These are designed specifically to tackle electrical based fires. Basically, any fire involving computer equipment, photocopiers, toasters, microwaves or essentially anything with a plug that you would find in today’s office.

If it is your responsibility to order fire extinguishes for your office, it’s important to realize that not all suppliers are equal. To this end, make sure you approach a specialist supplier that has extensive knowledge of what is on offer. There are a number of suspiciously cheap alternatives on offer via the Internet (mostly imported) and these may not meet your needs.

It pays to use an online site that specializes in fire protection items and can demonstrate an understanding of its customers’ needs. Look for a site that sells a wide range of items and has a range of extinguishers.

Even though cheap imports should be avoided, that does not mean that you should be paying too much. Therefore, ensure that the site has a commitment to competitive pricing and backs this up with top class customer service.

Remember that many extinguishers have to be factory re-filled and therefore it makes sense to buy from a company that can also provide this service. This way you can be sure that you will be getting consistent service.

If you’re unsure what type of extinguisher to order, the best sites will have an online guide to fire extinguishers which you can use for easy reference and choose exactly what you need.

If you are ever faced with what could be a life-threatening situation, you need to be confident that you have the right tool for the job. This is not an area in which to compromise.

Knowing when to use a co2 fire extinguisher may just be one of the most simple and yet important skills you acquire for your business and/or your home. Obviously, you hope that you never need to use it; but if the worst happens, make sure you are prepared.

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