Where and how to put luminescent signs?

They should be placed so that they are visible, clear and do not obscure the equipment they are intended to signal. As a general rule, they should be placed vertically above the extinguishing equipment. 

The base of the sign can be placed at a height of approximately 1.5 to 2.2 meters from the ground, or at a different height if the situation requires it for better visibility.

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How do you know that a fire extinguisher is disposable?

Fire extinguishers have a useful life of 20 years. If your extinguisher appears to be damaged or should be discarded due to its age, contact us and a trained technician can inspect and test it to determine what needs to be done.

Those fire extinguishers that are discarded will be sent to a certified waste company where they will be recycled without harm to the planet ♻️

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Can lithium batteries burn?

Yes, overheated Lithium and Lithium Ion batteries can cause fires in electric cars, electric scooters, laptops, smartphones and many other electrical devices. There are specific extinguishers for this type of fires and with greater efficiency than other solutions such as vermiculite, F-500, etc...🆕️ In AUXI-FOC given the growing of this type of batteries we have incorporated into our product catalog two models of 6 and 9 liters for Lithium

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How are BIEs used?

1- Open the cabinet door.

2- Check the pressure gauge.

3- Unwinding the hose: In the BIE of 25 mm unwind the length that we need. In the BIE of 45 mm unroll the hose completely (20 m).

4- Open the valve gently, and hold the nozzle to prevent the water from shooting out due to the pressure and hurting us. The 25 mm BIE can be used by only one person. The 45 mm BIE must be used by at least 2 people who are familiar with its use.

- Try not to bend the hose so that the water flow is not cut off.

5- Direct the water towards the base of the fire.

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What pressure should the BIEs be under?

The piping network shall provide, for at least one hour, a minimum dynamic pressure of 2 bar at the outlet orifice of any EIB.

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What types of BIEs are there?

- 25 mm diameter BIE with semi-rigid tubular hose. 

- BIE of 45 mm diameter with flat flexible hose.

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What are BIEs?

They are fire fighting equipment that are anchored to a wall and are connected to the water supply network. They must always be inside the cabinet and placed at a maximum height of 1.50 cm from the floor.

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What is PASSIVE and ACTIVE fire protection?

PASSIVE protection refers to fire containment. It focuses on preventing it from spreading and seriously affecting the building, and facilitating the evacuation of people. It is achieved with:

- Fireproofing of materials.
- Fireproof mortar.
- Luminescent paints.
- Luminescent signage.

ACTIVE protection refers to fire extinction. It focuses on detecting, alerting or extinguishing the fire if it appears. It is achieved with:

- Smoke detectors.
- Fire extinguishers.
- BIEs (Equipped fire hydrants).

If you want to have an effective security plan you must have a combination of both types of protection. 

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4 Ways to extinguish a fire:

Action on the fuel. It is to eliminate, remove, cut or set aside fuel.

Action on the oxygen (comburent), smothering the fire, placing physical or chemical barriers over it. This extinguishing principle is followed by fire blankets, CO2 extinguishers, etc...

Action on the heat by lowering the temperature of the fire. This extinguishing principle is followed by water extinguishing systems (BIE, etc...), and foam extinguishers, since foam is essentially water.

Action on the chain reaction. The chain reaction produced by free radicals in a fire can be eliminated if some substance that physically separates these radicals and also reacts with them is projected on the base of the flames. Powder extinguishers (ABC powder, etc...) follow this extinguishing principle.

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How to use a fire extinguisher in case of fire in 4 easy steps:

1. Pull out the safety pin by pulling the ring.
2. Approach the fire slowly up to a maximum of one meter.
3. Press the lever of the extinguisher.
4. Direct the jet at the base of the flames with a side-to-side movement.

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What TYPES of FIREWORKS are there ?

🔥Class A:
Solid materials: Wood, cardboard, paper, plastic...
🔥Class B:
Liquids or liquidizable solids: Gasoline, diesel fuel, paint...
🔥Class C:
Gas fire: Butane, propane, town gas ...
🔥Class D:
Metal fire: Powdered aluminum, magnesium ...
🔥Class F:
Oils and fats in kitchens: Vegetable and animal fats...

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Are fire extinguishers recharged?    

Yes, fire extinguishers must be recharged immediately after each use. Even if the extinguishing agent inside has not been completely discharged, it must also be recharged.

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What is the maintenance of fire extinguishers?      

Quarterly visual inspections by the owner or the installation company are mandatory to check the signage, accessibility, and apparent condition of the extinguisher.

Every year it is mandatory for the installation company to check the contents of the cylinder and its load (quality, weight, pressure, etc...) as well as the good condition of all mechanical parts (hose and other components).

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Is retiming mandatory?    

Yes, retiming of fire extinguishers, also known as hydraulic testing, should be performed every 5 years.

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Do fire extinguishers expire?

Yes, fire extinguishers have a useful life of 20 years.

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Do fire extinguishers have to be marked with fluorescent signs?

Yes, it is mandatory to facilitate identification.

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Should there be a fire extinguisher on each floor of the building?

Yes, the horizontal distance to the extinguisher must not exceed 15 meters.

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At what minimum/maximum height should a fire extinguisher be installed?

At a minimum height of 80 cm maximum of 1.20 cm measured from the ground to the extinguisher.

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Are fire extinguishers mandatory in my homeowners' association?

Yes, for buildings constructed after 1991. For those built before it is highly advisable for prevention.

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Does the CO2 extinguisher leave residues after use?

No. It is not necessary to carry out a subsequent cleaning in the area where we have unloaded.

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Is CO2 extinguisher gas toxic to health?

No. However, since it is a suffocating agent that displaces oxygen, special attention must be paid to its use in closed places because it can cause asphyxiation.

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Does the CO2 extinguisher have a pressure gauge?

No. It does not need it because it will always have pressure as the extinguishing agent itself exerts it as it is a gas. This type of extinguisher is known if they are full by weighing them.

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What does the CO2 extinguisher contain?

It contains carbon dioxide, a non-combustible and electrically non-conductive gas that prevents the spread of fire, and smothers the fire without damaging electronic equipment.

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