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What You Need to Know About Fire Extinguishers

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A fire breakout can happen without warning and if not contained on time, it can cause a significant amount of damage to property and life. The one way to mitigate these risks is to have to have a good fire alarm system installed. This can be connected to an automatic sprinkler system as well.

About fire extinguishers

The other crucial pieces of related equipment are fire extinguishers and you need to ensure you are buying ones that suit the needs of your property. There are a number of things that have to be kept in view while purchasing them and here we introduce you to the basics of this equipment.  The different types of fire extinguishers are:

  • Water and Foam – This type of extinguisher extinguishes fires by effectively taking away the heat A foaming agent will also separate oxygen element from all the other elements.

Note- A water extinguisher is only for a Class A fire and not in a Class B (caused by inflammable liquids) or Class C (electrical fire).

  • Carbon Dioxide – This kind of fire extinguisher extinguish fires by taking away oxygen and it also removes the heatelement with a very cold discharge.

Note- CO2 can be used in Class B &Class C fires and are ineffective in Class A fires (caused by ordinary combustibles).

  • Dry Chemical – The fire extinguisher type extinguishes fires mainly by interrupting the fire’s chemical reaction aspect. The multipurpose dry chemical extinguishers are the most widely-used type of fire extinguishing equipment.

Note- Ordinary dry chemical is to be used for Class B &Class C fires only.

  • Wet Chemical– This agent extinguishes fires by removing the heat &and prevents it from reigniting as it creates a barrier between the fuel elements and the oxygen.

Note- Class K wet chemical extinguishers were specifically developed for high-efficiency, modern deep fat fryers in commercial kitchens. Some types may also be used in Class A fires in a commercial kitchen setting.

  • Dry Powder – This type of extinguisher is similar to the dry chemical one except that itextinguishes fires by removing the heat element/separating the fuel element from theoxygen.

Note- This extinguisher is for Class D (combustible metal fires) only and will be ineffective in any other class of fire.

  • Water Mist – A water mist extinguisher is more of a recent development that extinguishes fires by taking away heat. It is used as an alternative to a clean agent extinguisher in situations where contamination is a major concern.

Note- This extinguisher is mainly for Class A fires, though it can safely be used on a Class C fire as well.

Consult a fire safety products professional

Aside from these, there are clean agent cartridge-operated dry chemical extinguishers as well. Keep in mind that no single fire extinguisher is specifically listed for all the 5 fire classifications. This is why it’s important to know which one you can use in which fire situation. It’s a good idea to consult professionals in the field to get their recommendations on which extinguisher would work best in your setting.

Your fire extinguisher should be labeled by a testing laboratory with national recognition. Install fire extinguishers near escape routes and far away from any potential fire hazards.For your safety, have your fire extinguishers inspected and checked by professionals.Ask professionals about the fire system you need. For any information on the types of fire systems we at Les Gicleurs Acmé can provide, feel free to call at these numbers- 450 655‑9820 / 1‑800‑963‑9820. You can also request a free quote via this form on our website or send queries via this online form.