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3 Fire Extinguisher Tips for Business Owners

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

Image of fire extinguisher with text "3 Fire Extinguisher Tips for Business Owners" A fire extinguisher can protect your staff and property in St. Charles, MO.

Keeping a fire extinguisher at your commercial property in St. Charles, Mo is a wise choice and also a requirement. According to the Division of Fire Safety, all commercial buildings are required to have a minimum 2A*10B*C rated fire extinguisher within 75 feet of all points of the building(s).  Stairs may not be used as a path to an extinguisher.  Typically, one 2A*10B*C extinguisher can serve a maximum 3,000 square foot area. Some operations and facilities have more stringent requirements. 

In an emergency, effective use of the device reduces potential fire damage and protects staff.

Consider the following three tips:

Purchase the Right Extinguisher

Do your homework before going shopping. Look into local fire code ordinances to determine how many devices you need for your property based on the square footage. There are also different classes of extinguishers depending on possible hazards at your place of business.

  • Class A – Paper, cloth, wood
  • Class B – Flammable liquids such as gasoline
  • Class C – Electrical fires
  • Class D – Metals including lithium, titanium, and magnesium
  • Class K – Cooking oils or grease in a kitchen fire

Train Staff on Correct Usage Techniques

It is not enough to have a fire extinguisher present; employees must be trained on proper usage. Extinguishers are most effective on small fires in the early stages. For portable extinguishers, the PASS method is an easy way to teach and learn.

  • Pull – Remove the pin
  • Aim – Point the nozzle at the bottom of the flames
  • Squeeze – Maintain pressure on the handle to activate the device
  • Sweep – Move the device from side to side towards the fire.

Plan for Fire Emergencies

Extinguishers are part of a more comprehensive safety plan. In the case of a fire emergency, there are other considerations for both staff safety and minimizing fire damage.

  • Evacuation – Practice procedures, exit routes and roles
  • Supplies – In addition to extinguishers, have disaster supply kits on hand
  • Hazards – Map potential onsite hazards, such as combustibles
  • Insurance – Obtain coverage through a commercial insurance company
  • Recovery – Have contact information readily available for a fire restoration company like SERVPRO of St. Charles

A fire extinguisher is a smart way to protect your staff and property in St. Charles, MO, in the event of a fire emergency. Prepare ahead of time by purchasing the appropriate device, training staff, and knowing what to do during and in the aftermath of a fire.

If you experience a fire, SERVPRO technicians are trained to address small and large fire damage projects. We are IICRC certified and have the experience to tackle difficult problems. Our team is ready to serve businesses and families in the greater St. Charles area including St. Peters, O’Fallon, Weldon Spring, and Portage Des Sioux.

Call us and let us help you, (636) 926-0033

Source: Missouri Division of Fire Safety (mo.gov)

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