A fire extinguisher should always be available for operating materials, tools and other materials. The extinguishing agents are divided into classes A, B, C and D because there are different types of fire.
Especially in the workplace, a fire can start quickly. If flammable hazardous substances are in the vicinity, noticeable damage can occur within minutes. Extinguishing blankets can be used quickly in an emergency to save people, but also cooking oil fires in large kitchens or in the home. A fire extinguisher should always be available for equipment, tools and other materials. The regulations of the workplace ordinance (ASR 2.2 "Measures against fires") also apply here. If the workplace consists of several floors, at least one extinguisher must be provided on each floor. If the risk assessment determines that there is an increased risk of fire (e.g. when working with flammable substances), additional fire protection measures must be taken. TRGS 800 (Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances) provides additional information on this.
Fire extinguishers and extinguishing agents must be suitable for extinguishing the materials or substances present in the company according to their assignment to one or more fire classes. These are in detail:
Practical accessories such as wall brackets, fire extinguisher cabinets or fire extinguisher bonnets make it easier for staff to handle fire extinguishing equipment.