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Invest in Good Business Equipment: My Experience

When I started my cabinet production business, I was lucky enough to secure a good business loan, since my credit was stellar. Although I had the cash to purchase brand-new equipment or gently used items, I wanted to save by buying very old items. I was told they had a lot of life left in them, even though their low price seemed too good to be true. I learned my lesson when important pieces kept breaking down. I even had to stop production for several days to fix an important item. I learned a huge lesson that if the price of used production equipment sounds too good to be true, it likely is. I created this blog to remind other business owners that purchasing quality equipment may cost more money upfront, but it will save you money and a huge headache in the end. I hope I can help you.

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3 Tips For Maximizing The Safety Of Your Facility's Dry Chemical Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are an essential safety item in nearly any large facility. The larger your facility, or the more dangerous the operations you conduct, the greater the importance of fire safety. However, simply having enough fire extinguishers to meet local building codes won't guarantee a safe environment for your facility's workers or visitors.

Instead, you must treat fire extinguisher purchasing, maintenance, and inspection as one of the most critical aspects of your facility's operations. These three tips will help you get the most from your fire extinguishers, so you know they'll be ready to go if you need to use them.

1. Work With a Reliable Supplier

Inspecting and maintaining your fire extinguishers is the most important thing you can do to minimize the potential for problems, but buying reliable units from a trusted supplier can help further reduce the likelihood of problems in the future. Working with an experienced supplier is especially crucial when buying many extinguishers for a large commercial or industrial facility.

An experienced supplier can help you select the best fire extinguishers for your facility. The correct extinguishers will be able to deal with the classes of your fires you're most likely to see, helping to ensure that your fire extinguishers will provide the greatest possible effectiveness in an emergency.

2. Choose Appropriate Sizes

Fire extinguishers come in a wide range of different sizes depending on their intended use. The smallest sizes are easy for nearly anyone to carry, while the largest sizes will require specialized equipment to move. Larger extinguishers that require dedicated platforms or trailers are typically only necessary in specialized industrial settings.

However, even smaller fire extinguishers come in different sizes and include different ratings indicating their coverage area. Large, open areas or rooms that contain many flammable objects will likely require larger fire extinguishers to provide adequate coverage. If in doubt, your supplier should be able to recommend appropriate sizes for your needs.

3. Don't Ignore Inspections and Maintenance

The good news is that fire extinguishers don't require specialized certification for inspection. The bad news is that you may not inspect your fire extinguishers often enough. The NFPA recommends inspecting extinguishers in any facility at least once per month. You should have multiple employees with the knowledge and training to perform this task.

Inspecting your fire extinguishers is the most important thing you can do to ensure their effectiveness during an emergency. You should replace or repair any fire extinguishers that show outward signs of defects and consider inspecting extinguishers in high-risk areas even more often than once per month.

For more information on dry chemical extinguishers, contact a professional near you.