56d968eda0a0760d70ad4cd59337b5d58868add213185d302d How to Choose Which Fire Extinguisher to Use ....... - New Business Ideas

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A fire extinguisher is a device that can be used to control and extinguish a fire mostly in an emergency situation. They are mostly hand held and can be used by one person although there are some which are cart-mounted or wheeled. It is very dangerous to attempt to use a na inferno that is already out of control. There are so many types in the market to choose from and in many cases, buyers and users have a daunting task selecting which one to buy or use. It is very important to have the right apparatus in the right place, whether at home or at the workplace. They are divided into 4 different categories, based on different types or classes of fires.
Class A - These are from ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, textiles, plastic and other trash.
Class B - These are from flammable liquids such as paraffin, petrol, oil and other flammable liquids.
Class C - These are from burning flammable gases such as propane, butane, methane and others.
Class D - These are from burning metals such as aluminium, magnesium, titanium, etc.
Class E - These are from energized or live electrical equipment.
Class F - These are from cooking oil and fat.
Having described the different classes, it would be easy to describe the apparatus to use for each category. The following is a quick guide to use when buying, installing or using a fire extinguisher. Note that some them can be used for more than one class.
These are the cheapest in the market and are most widely used. They are suitable for class A. They are not recommended for Class B because the stream of water can scatter the flames and spread the fire. They are also not suitable for where electrical equipment fires.
These are best suited for Class A and B. They are also not recommended for electrical fires.
Dry Powder
These are also referred to as 'multi purpose' because they can be used for Class B, C and D. However, they are best suited for running liquid fires. They can be very messy due to the powder used.
These are ideal for energized electrical equipment but can also be used on class B.
These are ideal for class F.

These apparatus should only be used by someone who has been fully trained. Wrong use of any of them can lead to serious injury or spread of fire.

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