Understanding the Magnitude of Fire Extinguishers

In studies on all fire incidents, they have discovered that most of the fires are not that severe and can be handled easily, that is, if the present of a fire extinguisher is immediately available in the area, as this extinguishing instrument will be a vital first line of defense in quenching out the fire and preventing it from further spreading into other areas of an establishment and causing further damage and destruction. During the fire prevention month, the local fire department and the National Fire Protection Association often emphasizes the fact that the presence of a fire extinguisher has a huge impact towards extinguishing fires and diminishing damages that are caused by fires.

Because of the continuous pursuit of local fire departments in educating people on how to extinguish fires to keep an establishment safe and prevent further damage, and, with that, firemen have gone into using social media to further instruct people on the importance of fire extinguishers and fire prevention, and many people now are fully aware of the need for fire extinguishers. Due to the successful campaign of the fire department on fire prevention and safety, schools and establishments take annual collaboration with the local fire department to introduce fire drills and get people be involved in learning how and when to use fire extinguishers. It is significant to note that fire extinguishers are useful to stop and prevent fires and that they also help the environment from containing the pollution coming from the smoke and burning debris.

An important aspect in the seminars and trainings on fire extinguishers, which the fire department usually orient to their attendees, is that there are various types of fire extinguishers that are used according to the cause of fire and they are wet chemical extinguisher, carbon dioxide extinguisher, water fire extinguisher, powder fire extinguisher, and foam extinguisher. Any oil-based substances, when they become a source of fire, can be easily extinguished using a wet chemical fire extinguisher; however, these substances cannot be extinguished if you use a water fire extinguisher, since water does not mix with oil, and will, in fact, create more fire on these oil-based components, thus one should learn that there is definitely a distinction between these two kinds of extinguishers, such that with respect to water fire extinguishers, they are more effective on burning paper, wood, organic materials. It is not possible to extinguish fires, using water fire extinguisher, that are caused by electrical break outs, such as short circuits or faulty wiring, but instead what is effective to stop this type of fire situation is to use a carbon dioxide extinguisher. The foam fire extinguisher is useful for fires that are coming from flammable liquids and solids, but not effective for electrical fires, so a more effective extinguisher, the powder fire extinguisher, is used to deal with fires that are caused by flammable liquids, solids, gases as well as electric fires.

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