Pinellas County CO2 Kegerator Refill

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Pinellas County CO2 Kegerator Refill

Pinellas County CO2 Kegerator Refill

Pinellas County CO2 Kegerator Refill   There are many uses for CO2 other than just fire extinguishers in today’s world, and ABCO Fire & Safety, Inc offers convenient, same day servicefor these different needs. Whether you own a restaurant and use CO2 for soft drinks, or you are a home brewer, ABCO Fire can fill or hydro-test your tanks. We also sell new and used tanks. Make sure you are ready for your next big event, whether it be a big race, the big football game, or a weekend home brewing event, let ABCO Fire & Safety Inc keep your CO2 tanks full. Come to our office in Pinellas Park for your CO2 needs! Restaurants Home Brewing Auto Racers Paint Balling...

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What is the Fire Triangle?

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on What is the Fire Triangle?

What is the Fire Triangle?

What is the Fire Triangle? The fire triangle is used to show the three elements that when present together can cause a fire to start. These three ingredients are fuel, heat and oxygen, under all circumstances they should be kept apart to avoid a fire starting. Understanding the basic principles of the fire triangle is essential in helping to protect your business and prevent fires from breaking out. How does the fire triangle work? When fuel or flammable materials are heated, the energy stored inside starts to react with oxygen in the air, giving off heat. This creates a vicious cycle, which causes the fire to spread. To stop the spread of a fire you have to remove one of these elements to break the triangle. Tips for fighting and preventing fires based on the fire triangle: Oxygen This makes up about 20% of the air we breathe, so there is a ready supply to fuel a potential fire if flammable materials come into contact with enough heat to start a fire. Once a fire has started, depriving it of oxygen will weaken extinguish it. This is a principle used by some fire extinguishers. Foam and dry powder extinguishers can be used to smother flames and deprive the fire of oxygen, whereas the CO2 in carbon dioxide fire extinguishers will replace the oxygen to deprive the fuel source of it. Without a sufficient supply of Oxygen a fire will stop burning, so it’s always handy to keep appropriate fire extinguishers near areas with a high risk of fire. Always use fire extinguishers with care and check that you are using the correct type of fire extinguisher for the type of fire you are dealing with. Heat All flammable materials have a flash point, this is the lowest temperature at which they will ignite. If you are storing flammables on site then you will need to be aware of their flashpoints and make sure that all materials stored away from sources of heat and under their flash point temperature. If a fire does break out then having a water fire extinguisher on standby is a good idea. Water has the effect of cooling the fire, thus removing heat from the equation. However remember not to use water on electrical appliances or cooking oil fires. Fuel A fire will continue as long as there is fuel to burn. Fuel comes under three categories, solid, liquid and gas. Each type should be treated specially to ensure that their presence does not result in a fire. The most common types of fuel are solid materials. Just look around you, everyday materials that surround you such as paper, card, clothing, fabrics and furniture could all be potential fuel for a fire. To reduce the chance of a fire starting, keep these materials away from electric heaters, radiators and direct sunlight. Liquid fuel and flammable gases require more special attention. Ideally you should keep liquids and gases in a sealed container away from other flammables and possible sources of ignition or heat. You should regularly check for signs of damage to the containers and keep as small an amount as necessary on site. Of course following these tips can only help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out, so it is strongly advised to only keep flammable liquids and gases are absolutely needed and if no non-flammable alternative is available. Once a fire has started it is very difficult to remove the fuel, but wet chemical fire extinguishers which are specially designed for cooking oil and grease fires can achieve this. The chemicals released...

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Why Do Some Fires Require Specific Extinguishers?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Why Do Some Fires Require Specific Extinguishers?

Why Do Some Fires Require Specific Extinguishers?

Why Do Some Fires Require Specific Extinguishers?   Despite the vast improvements in fire safety codes and procedures in recent decades, fires still manage to devastate homes and businesses on a regular basis. Fires cause millions of dollars of property damage and cost thousands of lives every year. A good fire extinguisher is crucial to have on hand in your home or in your place of work, as it will give you a much higher chance of saving yourself, your loved ones, and your property from getting harmed by fire. However, there are different kinds of fire extinguishers, and knowing which kind is right for the job is extremely important. Different Fires Require Different Methods Though fire may all look the same, the fact of the matter is that not every material will burn in the same way. Generally speaking, fires are classified into several different types, based on the type of material that is burning: class A fires, which include combustible materials like wood, paper, trash, plastics, and fabric; class B fires, which include flammable liquids like gasoline or propane; class C fires, which include electrical equipment; class D fires, which include metals like potassium, sodium, aluminum, and magnesium; and class K fires, which include cooking oils. Each type of material will burn differently, and will require a different type of extinguishing agent to deal with most efficiently. The Wrong Extinguisher Can Make Things Worse If you have an electrical fire, it’s extremely important that you not use a water or foam based extinguisher, as this can lead to an even more dangerous shock hazard. Likewise, carbon dioxide extinguishers won’t work on wood or fabric, and using one would only waste time and allow the fire to spread further. At ABCO Fire & Safety Inc, we take fire safety seriously. That’s why we offer a full range of fire extinguishers and fire suppression systems ready to protect your home or business from the effects of a dangerous fire. Contact us today for a free site...

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What is a Class D Fire Extinguisher

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on What is a Class D Fire Extinguisher

What is a Class D Fire Extinguisher

What is a Class D Fire Extinguisher? Class D fire extinguishers are used to put out large combustible metal fires, such as a magnesium, lithium, or lithium alloy fires. They are available with two different types of extinguishing agents, a copper powder or a sodium chloride. The copper powder Class D fire extinguishers are mainly for combustible metal fires that contain lithium, or lithium alloys. A good example would be an area that contains lithium batteries. The less expensive sodium chloride can be used for fires that contain magnesium, sodium, potassium and sodium-potassium alloys. These Class D fire extinguishers are yellow and weigh almost 60 pounds with the chemical weighing in at 30 pounds. It has a soft-flow nozzle extension applicator that shoots out the side instead of a direct shot. Many times a company will place these extinguishers on a wheel cart in order to easily move them around if necessary. This Class D fire extinguisher is recommended for machine shops where they are machining magnesium or alloys. Always be sure you always research the type of fire extinguisher that is required for your place of business. If you are unsure, give ABCO Fire & Safety Inc, a call and they will be happy to help you. Contact...

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K-Class Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher

Posted by on Dec 25, 2015 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on K-Class Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher

K-Class Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher

Wet Chemical or K-Class portable fire extinguishers consist of an aqueous solution of organic, inorganic, or combination or organic and inorganic salts that form an extinguishing agent effective on Class K fires. Wet Chemical or K-Class portable fire extinguishers contain a potassium acetate based agent and are specifically used to combat restaurant kitchen hazards without leaving a residue. They are used to supplement existing automatic cooking equipment and kitchen suppression systems. K Class Fire Extinguishers are simple to use and extremely effective in handling the difficult types of cooking media fire hazard situations found in today’s busy commercial kitchens Please contact us to purchase K-Class Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher or to have us install, service, and/or test & inspect your portable fire...

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Commercial Fire Suppression Systems

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Commercial Fire Suppression Systems

Commercial Fire suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals and/or wet agents to suppress equipment fires. Suppression systems have become a necessity to several industries as they help control damage and loss to equipment. Typical uses of Commercial Fire suppression systems are in restaurant kitchens, commercial paint booths, electronic rooms, and commercial vehicles. Installations We have over 25 years of experience in installation of  Commercial fire suppression systems around the Tampa Bay area. It is important to choose a licensed fire protection company that is reliable, cost-effective, and honest. Abco Fire & Safety, Inc. proudly offers this service to all of our clients in the Tampa Bay area. Call us today for a free consultation and quote! Inspections   In order to ensure that Commercial Fire Suppression Systems  operate properly when needed and don’t trip unnecessarily, both federal certification requirements and state license requirements require that you properly inspect, test and maintain the exhaust hoods, filters and fire-extinguishing equipment semi-annually. We inspect for: The extinguishing system is in proper operation Manual actuators are unobstructed Tamper indicators and seals are intact The maintenance tag or certificate is in place There is no obvious physical damage Pressure gauges, if provided, are in operable range Code: NFPA 17, NFPA 17A Repairs and Additions If you are looking to make additions to your system, have changed the configuration of your appliances,  added appliances or need to be upgraded to UL-300 standards, we have professionally trained technicians to service your...

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