Different extinguishers exist to tackle different fires. An extinguisher which is safe to use on one type of fire can prove to be dangerous if used on another type of fire. And this can end up putting your staff at unnecessary risk.
So you need to make sure you partner all potential risks with the appropriate way of putting it out.
That then means anyone who chooses to try and control a small fire has the best chance. Being able to stop a fire safely will save your business and the lives of your employees and visitors.
Picking The Right Extinguishers
The best way of choosing the right extinguishers is to have a professional carry out a fire safety survey.
They will give you a more reliable and professional opinion, looking at all the potential fire hazards in your business.
For example, a car workshop will have the potential for fires caused by flammable liquids, electricity, and rubbish.
That means you will need fire extinguishers which are capable of safely tackling all the threats.
A water extinguisher will put out a rubbish fire, but will cause a petrol fire to spread rapidly.
That could cause significate injury and damage.
By not having the correct extinguisher, you might not be complying with fire regulations.
One thing to remember is that a survey does not replace a Fire Risk Assessment which is a legal requirement.
What A Fire Safety Survey Will Tell You
A survey will make sure you’re complying with regulations, with correct extinguishers and signage.
That includes which extinguishers you need, how many, and where to position them.
It will ensure that your premises meet British Standards and Health and Safety legislation.
But that’s only half the battle.
If the survey brings up any recommendations, then you’ll want to complete them so you are fully complying.
As well as that, any extinguishers you provide will need servicing and regular checks on its condition.
And it would be beneficial to train your staff in how to use the equipment you provide for their safety.
You’ll then know that you’re doing every in your power to be a responsible business owner.