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How Many Fire Extinguishers
Does Your Business Need?
The entrepreneurial spirit has really ignited in the hearts of many Malaysians lately and what a breath of fresh air it is. Staying true to the saying “the younger generation are going to be the future leaders” has never been more prominent as now with young adults taking up roles in parliament and starting their own businesses to help stimulate the local and international economy.
In their pursuit, they may face many challenges and hurdles, one among many would have to be fire safety. We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries regarding fire safety and protection and the most common inquiry is - how many fire extinguishers does my business premise need?
Here's just 2 things that you need to consider:
1. Size matters!
Especially where fire safety is concerned. The number of fire extinguishers that your business requires is based on the square footage of your premise and also the extinguishing power of the fire extinguisher - which is determined by its “Fire Rating”.
The “Fire Ratings” are easily identifiable on a fire extinguisher. They are usually found on the bottom left corner of the extinguisher. It looks like this:
The most common fire extinguisher - 9kg ABC Dry Powder as seen in the picture above has a rating of 27A. “A” refers to the class of fire the extinguisher is designed for and “27” refers to the size of the material that can be repeatedly extinguished. The higher the number, the larger the fire it can extinguish.
Let’s assume the chosen extinguisher for your business has a fire rating of 27A (it will vary based on the type of extinguisher chosen), now you will need to know what is the “Fire Rating” of your space. This calculation is derived from the area of the space (in square meter) multiplied by the value of 0.065.
2. Nature of your Business
What is the nature of your business?
The amount of fire extinguishers that you need doesn’t just depend on the size of your premise, but the nature of your business as well. This goes back to the “Fire Ratings” and Classes of Fire as mentioned above.
For example, if you’re in the business of selling or using a lot of electrical items, it would be advised to get the CO2 fire extinguisher as it is designed to combat electrical fires. With that said, you are advised to get a mixture of different types of fire extinguishers.
Here's a quick guide to help you determine how many fire extinguishers your business needs
1. It is recommended to have 1 unit of fire extinguisher for every 500square feet of work space.
2. In general, the the 9kg ABC Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher will suffice most applications. If your business has electronic machinery or a server room, a 2kg CO2 Fire Extinguisher is recommended.