Tips For Buying And Using A Fire Extinguisher In Your New Food Truck Business

Posted on: 21 August 2015

As the owner of a new food truck business, it is vital that you purchase the correct fire extinguisher in the case of an accidental cooking fire. Additionally, knowing how to use your new fire extinguisher safely is very important.

Here are some tips to help you purchase and use your food truck's new fire extinguisher: 

Fire Extinguisher Classification Labels

When you visit the store to purchase your new fire extinguisher (such as Fire Extinguisher Service Center), you will find that they are labeled with the letters A, B, and C. These letters correspond to the type of fire that the extinguisher is rated to extinguish. A fire extinguisher that is rated for a Class A fire is capable of extinguishing fires that are caused by ordinary combustible materials, such as:

  • cloth
  • paper
  • plastic
  • wood

Class B rated fire extinguishers are designed to extinguish fires caused by flammable liquids, including:

  • lacquer
  • gasoline
  • grease
  • tar

Class C rated extinguishers are used to put out fires in energized electrical equipment, such as:

  • appliances
  • circuit breakers
  • fuse boxes 

For a food truck, you should choose a multi-use fire extinguisher model that is rated to put out all three classes of fires. These extinguishers are labeled with an A-B-C extinguishing capacity. The reason for choosing this model is because you could potentially have a fire that involves paper, flammable cooking gasses, and electrical equipment inside of your food truck. In a fire emergency, the last thing you want to do is have to select the correct fire extinguisher to use.   

Install Your New Fire Extinguisher in a Central Location

After your have purchased the fire extinguisher for your new food truck, you should not store it away in a cabinet. The extinguisher should be prominently displayed on the wall of your truck and in reach of anyone working within your truck. You never want anyone to have to hunt around for safety equipment because it will cause the fire to burn for a longer time and ultimately cause more damage than necessary.

Know When to Extinguish vs. Leave

Finally, it is very important that you and your staff know when you should fight the fire yourself or leave and call for professional help. If the fire is small when you discover it, such as a napkin lands on your grill and goes up in flames, then you can use your extinguisher. However, if you enter your truck and find that there is a large appliance or electrical fire, then for your own safety you should leave and dial 911 for help. Your personal safety is always more important than material possessions. 

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