It is a requirement of the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that suitable fire extinguishing equipment is maintained ready for instant use. In the panic and confusion that arises when a fire breaks out, gathering together everything that is needed to put out a fire can take valuable time. This is a problem that is eliminated if everything is kept ready in a smart tote that you can just grab and go.

Before buying your tote though, you need to make sure that you have the right extinguisher. There are different types of fire extinguishers:

1) Water and foam extinguishers

These extinguishers put out fires by eliminating the heat element which is one of the four elements that make up a fire. The other elements are oxygen, fuel, and a chemical reaction. This extinguisher should only be used to put out class A fires which are fires in ordinary combustibles such as plastics, trash, cloth, paper, and wood.

2) Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers

These remove the element of oxygen and  heat by using a very cold discharge. It should be used on Class B and C fires which are caused by flammable liquids and energized electrical equipment respectively.

3) Dry chemical extinguishers

This extinguisher interrupts the chemical reaction element of a fire. It is the most widely used type of multipurpose dry chemical and it puts out Class A, B and C fires. It works by putting up a barrier between the elements of fuel and oxygen in class A fires. Ordinary dry chemical extinguishers only work on Class B and C fires. 

It's important that the right type of chemical extinguisher is used. Using the wrong one can cause the fire to re-ignite after it has seemingly been put out successfully.

4) Wet chemical extinguishers

This is a new agent that puts out fires by removing the element of heat and preventing re-ignition. They ensure a fire cannot re-ignite by putting up a barrier between the elements of fuel and oxygen.

This type of extinguishers was created for used in kitchens where equipment like high capacity fryers and ovens used. There are also types that can be used to put out commercial kitchens in class A fires.

5) Clean agent extinguishers

Also known as halogenated extinguishers, this type has halogen agents and newer halocarbon agents which don't deplete the ozone layer as much. They work by interrupting the chemical reaction of a fire and are used mostly for Class B and C fires but larger ones can be used on Class A fires as well.

6) Dry powder extinguishers

This extinguisher works like the dry chemical one except that it works by separating the fuel from the oxygen or removing the element of heat. They are only effective on Class D fires which are combustible metal fires.

7) Water mist extinguishers

This is a new type that works by removing the element of heat. They are an alternative to clean extinguishers if there is a concern about contamination. They work for Class A and C fires.

8) Cartridge operated dry chemical

This extinguisher interrupts the chemical reaction of a fire. It is effective in extinguishing Class A, B and C fires. On Class A fires, it puts up a barrier between the elements of oxygen and fuel.

Fire extinguisher totes

For fire extinguishers to be used as they should be,  it should be fast and easy to get them to where they are needed.

This is why fire extinguisher totes are important. Central Plastic & Rubber Co. Inc makes two types of them;

a) Smart Tote A/O


This is a compact tote that holds an extinguisher, B tanks, oxygen tank, regulators, a striker, spare tips and brazing rod.

b) Smart Tote B

This tote can hold an extinguisher, regulators, B tanks as well as spare tips, a striker, brazing rod.

When a fire starts, those responding only need to pick up one of these carriers and they will have everything they need to put it out. Contact Central Plastic & Rubber and get yours. Having fire extinguishers handy when needed makes all the differences.