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Types of Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are an important part of every home or business in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Placing them on every level of your property can help prevent a fire disaster from spiraling out of control. However, there are many types of fire extinguishers with separate uses. Once you’ve selected the correct fire extinguisher, learn how to use it. Disasters are often unexpected. It’s easy to freeze at the moment if you don’t have practice using a fire extinguisher. Review the following fire extinguisher tips compiled by ServiceMaster Superior Cleaning & Restoration Services.

Type of Fire

Ordinary Combustibles – Class A

For fires involving plastics, rubber, wood or paper, you can use either an air-pressurized water extinguisher or a multi-purpose-dry chemical extinguisher.

  • Air-Pressurized Water Extinguishers

This type of extinguisher is silver instead of red and filled with water. It’s only helpful to use when dealing with Class A fires. If you use on a flammable liquids fire or an electrical fire, it’ll make the fire worse and put you in an extremely dangerous situation.

  • Multi-Purpose-Dry Chemical Extinguisher

This type of extinguisher is only rated for a Class A fires sometimes. It’s always rated for Class B and C fires. Before use on a class A fire, be sure to check the label.

Flammable Liquids – Class B

For fires involving oil, grease, solvents or other flammable liquid, use either a dry chemical – carbon dioxide extinguisher or a multi-purpose-dry chemical extinguisher.

  • Dry Chemical – Carbon Dioxide Extinguisher

This type of extinguisher removes oxygen from the fire by releasing carbon dioxide. You shouldn’t use this extinguisher to put out a Class A fire because the fire may continue to burn after the carbon dioxide dissipates.

  • Multi-Purpose-Dry Chemical Extinguisher

This type of extinguisher contains a retardant powder that coats the fuel, separating the oxygen from it. This is the most common type of extinguisher and can often be found in offices, labs and public hallways.

Electrical Equipment – Class C:

Any fires started by electrical equipment like fuse boxes, wires or computers can be put out by the same extinguishers as a Class B fire. Dry chemical-carbon dioxide extinguisher or a multi-purpose-dry chemical extinguisher is the best options for Class C fires.

How to Use

Once you’ve picked out the correct type of fire extinguisher for your home or office, learn how to use it. Many safety organizations including OSHA recommend using the PASS technique:

Pull: Pull the pin.

AIM: Aim low to point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze: Squeeze the handle. This will free the agent.

Sweep: Sweep the nozzle from side to side across the fire.

Some fire extinguishers can be as heavy as 100 pounds. Ensure you’re able to handle your fire extinguisher. If the fire grows out of control, evacuate immediately and call the fire department.

ServiceMaster Superior Cleaning & Restoration Services is your local disaster restoration expert in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Contact us if you experience a fire. We’re available 24/7 to restore your peace of mind.

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