Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association Publishes Whitepaper on the “Use of Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers in Locations where Electronics and High Value Assets are Located”

New whitepaper from group dedicated to manufacturing commercial fire protection equipment examines fire extinguishers that do not leave a powder residue

CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 24, 2022) – The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association announces the publication of a new whitepaper detailing the use of fire extinguishers around delicate equipment. The whitepaper, titled “Use of Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers in Locations where Electronics and High-Value Assets are Located,” was produced by the association’s joint Portable Fire Extinguisher and Pre-engineered Fire Suppression Systems Division.

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Dry chemical fire extinguishers contain finely divided powders and additives to resist caking, absorb moisture and enhance proper flow. While effective at extinguishing a variety of fires when employed in UL-listed hardware, the dry chemical agents will adhere to various surfaces. This powder residue can compromise the function and value of electronic assets.

The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association details acceptable alternatives to dry chemical agents in its newly published whitepaper, including halogenated agents and carbon dioxide fire extinguishers. The types of fires specifically listed for the different fire extinguishers are highlighted in the paper.

The whitepaper also includes relevant information from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, and instructs readers to adhere to the insight and guidance NFPA 10 provides.

The “Use of Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers in Locations where Electronics and High-Value Assets are Located” whitepaper can be downloaded from the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s website. For more information about the association and its dedication to saving lives and protecting property, visit femalifesafety.org.

About the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association
The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 80-year-old international non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design. For additional fire safety information, including videos, interactive quizzes, and infographics, visit femalifesafety.org or follow us on FacebookYouTube and LinkedIn. For a complete listing of member companies, visit femalifesafety.org/members.

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