By Sam Boraas
Let’s set the scene. Despite an industrial safety team’s most adept practices to manage a propane storage tank, a leak suddenly erupts from a pipe. In a perfect storm of events, a spark follows. There is ignition. Instantly, there is a fire.
In an ideal scenario, safety team members swiftly respond and take control of this hazard. This team is able to shut off the fuel source and suppress the fire using the right technique and the right equipment. Among their equipment, there is a cartridge-operated portable fire extinguisher designed with the high-agent flow rate required to take control of that pressurized propane fire. More specifically, it’s an extinguisher in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, Subsection 5.5, Selection for Specific Hazards. This mandate establishes the standard for minimum size and flow rate for portable fire extinguishers used against Class B fires.
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