What is 3.5 Kg CO2 Fire Extinguisher?
Fire Products Direct 3.5Kg CO2 Fire Extinguisher (Carbon Dioxide) is used on class B (Flammable Liquid) & E (electrical) fires. This type of extinguisher is suitable for use on fires involving burning liquids, but is also a good solution for quenching fires involving computer equipment and other electrical appliances, as it does not cause damage to the electrical items and does not cause the system to short circuit.
3.5Kg CO2 CO2 fire extinguisher is the only model that is recommended for a fire that involves electrical equipment. This is due to the fact the carbon dioxide gas is non-conductive and that once it has been discharged does not produce or leave any kind of residue as would happen if a powder or foam model was deployed. Another great use of the CO2 extinguisher is on Class B fires that involve flammable liquids, making this quite a versatile product.
CO2 Carbon Dioxide fire extinguisher works well on electrical appliances that may cause fire. There are times minor sparks set the other electrical cables on fire as well and CO2 fire extinguisher is designed best to deal with this type of fire.
Why co2 extinguisher is used for electrical fires?
CO2 fire extinguishers are designed for use on flammable liquid fires and therefore have a class B fire rating. They are ideal for electrical fires, as CO2 is not a conductor and they do not leave behind any harmful residue.
How to Use 3.5Kg CO2 Fire Extinguisher
Even if the 3.5kG CO2 fire extinguisher is accessible, it is useless if no one knows how it works. It is easy to use. Just remember the word PASS. It stands for the following:
P – This stands for pulling of the pin off the top of the device. Pulling the pin is a way to unlock the device.
A – This stands for aiming at the base of the flame. Before releasing its content, point the nozzle at the source of fire. Aiming at the flame will not stop the fire.
S – The first S stands for squeeze. Squeeze the handle to release the content of the extinguisher.
S – The second S is for the sweeping motion. While squeezing the lever to release, do a sweeping motion. This is necessary to put out the fire from its base.
All the adults at home should know how to use the tool. In the workplace, you can invite someone to conduct fire safety training. Teaching the employees on how to use the extinguisher is part of it.
CO2 Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishers need maintenance, you may not need to use the device until it is ten years old, so you had better make sure that they are in top shape. Remember that the different types of devices need different maintenance requirement. Water extinguishers are different from co2 fire extinguisher. To be certain, consult the manufacturer.
Where to locate 3.5Kg CO2 Fire Extinguisher?
3.5 Kg CO2 Fire Extinguisher is governed by the Australian standard AS2444. There are no simple rules to follow because each building is different, both in its layout, and fire risks. There are some general guidelines for locating fire extinguishers on the wall, and for the traveling distance to get to a fire extinguisher. Some of the fire extinguishers location requirements include:
Fire Extinguisher Australia Standard:
Compliance with Australian Standard AS2444 – adjust the rules to conform to the building layout and the fire risks that are determined
Types of fire extinguishers – there are several classes of fire extinguishers that are designed to be used for specific types of fires.
Determine the type of fire risk first before purchasing the extinguisher for that area. For example there is a specific class of fire extinguisher for grease or cooking fires which should be located near a kitchen area
Types of mounts to use – there are fire extinguisher cabinets available that would be appropriate for locations that are susceptible to damage from people traffic. Bracket mounts are also used in areas where there is not quite as much traffic. Others may simply stand the extinguisher in a corner area where it cannot be easily knocked over. All are adequate solutions so long as the location and height are in compliance
Location and height – the fire extinguishers location requirements according to AS2444 instruct that the installation should be at least 10 centimetres off of the floor, and the top of the extinguisher should be no more than 1.2m above the floor. This keeps the extinguisher relatively safe from bumping with cleaning equipment or other items while also keeping the device easily reachable
Distance from risk area – depending on the type of fire risk, the distance can range from 15m to 40m. For example Class A fire risks, which are the most common, would recommend 15m maximum distance according to the Australian Standards
Certain types of extinguishers can handle multiple classes of fire. The sign on the label will indicate this. Check the different signs so that you will know when you can use it.
Knowing certain information about the fire extinguisher will help you understand its importance. You will also end up using the right type and saving your property and your life.