If you have recently rented an office and you’re trying to pass the inspections then there’s no doubt that you’re going to need at least one fire extinguisher to keep it safe from fire hazards. Knowing how many in total you’ll need is essential in keeping you and everyone at the office safe. You’ll also need to know the right amount since you’ll have to pass the OSHA requirements.
Location of the Fire Extinguisher
Depending on the number of people that your office hosts, you’re going to have to look towards different types of fire extinguishers. There are different things that they’re capable of. One of the primary things that they differentiate in is the distance. The other is the power at which the elements that put out a fire are sprayed in.
These are the things that you have to keep in mind when you’re looking for a fire extinguisher in your office. You should also know, depending on the industry that you work in, what kinds of items are stored in the office. Are there a lot of paper in the office that need to be protected from fire? Will there be a lot of electrical equipment such as computers and computer accessories?
When you have an idea on what you’re going to put the fire out of, then you will have an idea of where you should put the fire extinguisher in. Knowing the specific areas that you’re going to put your fire extinguishers in will give you an estimate as to how much you will need in total. For most office spaces, you’re going to need a water additive extinguisher with a CO2 at each fire point.
Putting Out a Fire
When putting out a fire, it’s important that the fire extinguisher that you use is compatible with the things that you’re putting the fire out of. Of course, when people are already panicking, it might be tough to remember which one you should get. This is why the placement of the fire extinguishers in your office should be strategic and whatever is on fire should have the closest compatible extinguisher.
There are different classes of fire extinguishers. They’re labeled from class A to D. Most office spaces will only need class A, with one class B for the cafeteria and class C in the room with computers. Here’s a list of the classes of fires that you should keep in mind when looking tallying the number of fire extinguishers that you’ll need in the office:
Class A: paper, plastic, rubber, wood, cloth
Class B: gasoline, alcohol, oil, grease, solvents
Class C: electrical equipment that is energized
Class D: sodium, magnesium
Cooking oils and grease are class K fires, but OSHA standards do not include them yet. If you’re going to tally the number of fire extinguishers that you’ll need, then you should list the extinguishers that you’re going to use for these occasions as class B. All in all, you should have at least one per room in your office or two if it’s big enough to fit 30 or more people with one exit point.
A fire extinguisher is not just to follow laws and of course, not just for display. It can save your life and business. For more info, contact Westminster Fire Extinguisher Services today!