Portable fire extinguishers are intended to be the first line of defense to cope with fires of limited size. However, it is imperative that they are carefully chosen based on the specific hazards they will protect, and properly installed and maintained to ensure that they are readily available in the event of a fire. Types of fire extinguishers include the following:
- Class A – To protect against fires involving ordinary combustibles such as paper, wood, etc.
- Class B – To protect against fires involving flammable or combustible liquids such as oils, solvents, alcohols, etc.
- Class C – To protect against fires involving energized electrical equipment such as high voltage switchgear, transformers, etc.
- Class D – To protect against fires involving combustible metals such as magnesium, titanium, lithium, etc.
- Class K – To protect against fires involving cooking appliances that contain combustible cooking media such as vegetable or animal oils and fats.
PLC has the expertise to design cost-effective fire protection plans to match the present hazards with the appropriate level of protection required by national codes and standards. PLC staff are qualified to provide training on the safe use of portable fire extinguishers and the provision of services to develop and/or improve Fire and Life Safety programs.