Fire extinguishers can seem like a funny purchase for your building or property—they are some of the most important things you can have in your building, but they’re something you buy that you hope you’ll never have to use!
When you buy a fire extinguisher, you want to make sure you choose the one that it is the most appropriate size and type for your building. We recommend doing your research before purchasing fire extinguishers to ensure it will provide the right level of protection for your building, your employees, and your assets.
If you are ready to buy a fire extinguisher in Houston, Texas, call Kauffman Co. today! We can work with you to ensure that you’ve installed enough of the correct type of fire extinguisher throughout your building or facility. Contact us today to speak with one of our fire protection professionals »
We also offer bulk sale of fire extinguishers if you’re looking to outfit and protect your entire building.
The most important thing to look at when buying a fire extinguisher is the class of fire that the extinguisher is designed for. The different fire classifications are:
ABC fire extinguishers are the most commonly sold fire extinguishers and will put out most fires seen in ordinary office buildings throughout Houston.
In addition to the letter classifications, you should pay attention to the numbers on the side of the fire extinguisher. These numbers will tell you how much the fire extinguisher will be able to put out. The minimum acceptable fire extinguisher size is 2A10BC, but they can go much larger than that! The size of fire extinguisher you should buy is largely dependent on the size of the space you want to protect, but remember – when buying a fire extinguisher, bigger (but not enormous) is usually better. You can never be too careful when it comes to fire safety!
After you have chosen the size of fire extinguisher you want, decide whether you want to buy a disposable or rechargeable fire extinguisher. Disposable fire extinguishers are usually made of plastic and are typically the least expensive option. Unfortunately, they are not rechargeable and after about 12 years they begin to lose pressure and must be replaced if you want to keep your building safe. Rechargeable fire extinguishers are much more durable and can last for years if properly maintained. Whichever type you choose, remember to have the fire extinguisher annually serviced by a reputable fire protection services company – this is the only way you can be sure the fire extinguisher will always be able to keep you safe.
Want to learn more? Read our Fire Extinguisher Buyer’s Guide »
Whatever type of fire extinguisher you choose, make sure it is either FM or UL certified. An FM or UL certification is the only way you can be sure that your fire extinguisher is guaranteed to protect you whenever you need it. Every fire extinguisher sold by Kauffman Co. is certified, so you will always get the maximum protection.
After you buy a fire extinguisher, make sure you know how to use it! A fire extinguisher is only as useful as the person operating it. If you buy a fire extinguisher from Kauffman Co., remember to schedule a training session for proper fire extinguisher use for your office staff.
If you are ready to buy a fire extinguisher for your Houston, Texas area building and want help choosing the right type, call the experts at Kauffman Co. today!
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