# What is the range of a portable fire extinguisher?

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A 1 to 2 ½ lb extinguisher has a 5-8 foot horizontal stream range and will discharge for 8-12 seconds. A 2 ¾ to 5 lb extinguisher has a 5-20 foot horizontal stream range and will discharge for 8-20 seconds.

## What is the range of a fire extinguisher?

It is only to be used on flammable liquid or electrical fires. Because the CO2 is expelled as a gas the extinguisher has a very limited operation range of about 4 to 6 feet.

## How many feet does a portable fire extinguisher reach?

The employer shall distribute portable fire extinguishers or other containers of Class D extinguishing agent for use by employees so that the travel distance from the combustible metal working area to any extinguishing agent is 75 feet (22.9 m) or less.

## How long will a 10lb fire extinguisher last for?

How long will a 10lb fire extinguisher last for? The approximate discharge time for 10 to 20 pounds of dry chemical ranges from 10 to 25 seconds.

## What does 3 A 40 B C mean?

3A:40B:C. What do the letters mean in the alpha numeric classification? The letter represents the type of fire that can be put out with a particular extinguisher. Fires are given the following classifications: (A) ordinary combustibles.

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## What are the 4 types of fire extinguishers?

There are four classes of fire extinguishers – A, B, C and D – and each class can put out a different type of fire. Multipurpose extinguishers can be used on different types of fires and will be labeled with more than one class, like A-B, B-C or A-B-C.

## Which is the most appropriate use for a portable fire extinguisher?

The most widely used type of fire extinguisher is the multipurpose dry chemical that is effective on Class A, B, and C fires. This agent also works by creating a barrier between the oxygen element and the fuel element on Class A fires. Ordinary dry chemical is for Class B and C fires only.

## Where should I place fire extinguishers?

The extinguishers should be placed in areas that are accessible within seconds. Place them in easy-to-grab spots, near exits. The National Fire Protection Association recommends having at least one fire extinguisher on every floor of the home. The first location should be the kitchen.

## Is a 20 year old fire extinguisher still good?

Although they don’t have a true “expiration date,” traditional fire extinguishers generally have a 10-12 year life expectancy. Disposable fire extinguishers should be replaced every 12 years. Rechargeable fire extinguishers should be taken to an experienced fire equipment company and recharged every 10 years.

## How do I know if my fire extinguisher is still good?

Rubin recommends checking the pressure gauge monthly. “If the needle is in the green area, it’s functional,” he says. If it falls anywhere else, the extinguisher is unreliable and should be serviced or replaced. For an older model without a gauge, have it checked by a pro.

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