Types of fire extinguishers


You cannot use all kinds of fire extinguisher anywhere. There are different types of extinguishers and each of them can be used at a specific place. Some of the main types of fire extinguishers are:

  1. Foam fire extinguishers: Foam extinguishers are mainly used to extinguish fires that are caused by combustible liquids like paints and turpentine but they can halt wood, fabrics, coal, paper and cardboard-caused fire. However, you cannot use it to save the place if the metal is the cause of the fire.  Foam fire extinguishers cool down the fuel that has caused the fire by spraying or pouring foaming agent which create a barrier between flame and fuel. The majority of the building need foam fire extinguishers because the majority of the buildings are made of organic materials.
  2.  Water fire extinguishers: Water extinguishers can be used to extinguish a fire that is caused by cloth, wood, paper, coal, cardboard and combustible solid organic material. You cannot use them to halt the kitchen-caused and flammable-liquids-caused fire. The extinguishers pour water on fire-causing material to stop the burning. The majority of the residential buildings and workplaces have water fire extinguishers because they are made of wood and other organic materials.
  3. Dry-powder fire extinguishers: The extinguisher sprays dry powder that consists of different chemicals and contents on fuels and flammable items that have caused the fire to extinguish it. They are also called as ABC extinguisher because they can extinguish Class A, Class B, and Class C caused the fire. The fire that is caused by fabric, paper, cardboard, and other solid content is called Class A fire while flammable-liquid-caused fire falls into the Class B and the flammable-gas-caused fire is all about Class C.
    Dry powder extinguisher is dangerous to use because the material- inside it, can be inhaled easily. There are also special dry-powder fire extinguishers that can stop metal-caused fires as well. You can call at high pressure hose suppliers in UAE or the place you live to get details about them if you want to buy it. There are some emergency light suppliers in UAE and different parts of the world that sell dry powder extinguishers. 
  4. Carbon dioxide fire extinguisher: They are used in computer server rooms where metals and electrical item can cause a fire. The extinguisher displace oxygen from the fire to halt the burning. A person should place them near a flammable item so that the extinguisher would be used immediately once the room is lt. 
  5. Wet Chemical fire extinguishers: Wet chemical fire extinguishers extinguish fires caused by cooking oils and fats (Class F) and Class A materials. They are usually used in the kitchen and canteens.

So, these are a few types of fire extinguishers. Read about them and then go to the shop to buy any of them for your place. 

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