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Types of Portable Fire Extinguishers

Types of Portable Fire Extinguishers

Many people do not realize that there are actually a few different types of portable fire extinguishers.

One of the key elements of every fire protection system is a fire extinguisher. Portable fire extinguishers are a way to protect your home and business, in addition to keeping you up to date with fire code requirements. There are several key types of fire extinguishers used to promote fire safety throughout residential and commercial properties.

Water and Foam Fire Extinguishers

Water and foam fire extinguishers work to put out fires by eliminating the heat of the fire. The foaming agents inside work to separate oxygen from the other elements and also decrease the intensity of the fire. Water and foam fire extinguishers can be used on class A fires. They should not be used for fire protection on class B or class C fires, as they could fuel the fire or create a shock hazard.

Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishers

Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers take away the oxygen from the fire and help to remove the heat using the cold temperature of the discharge. Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers can be used on class B and class C fires, but often don’t make any difference on class A fires.

Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers

Dry chemical fire extinguishers help to put out fires by stopping the chemical reaction that is fueling the fire. Dry chemical fire extinguishers are currently the most popular type of fire extinguisher in homes and businesses because they are multipurpose. They can work on class A, class B, and class C fires. If you don’t have a multipurpose dry chemical fire extinguisher and have an ordinary dry chemical extinguisher instead, you should only use it on class B or class C fires.

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers

Wet chemical fire extinguishers remove the heat from the fire and create a barrier between oxygen and the fuel for the fire. They are most commonly used in restaurants, as they are a heavy-duty option for deep fat fryers and kitchen fires.

Clean Agent Fire Extinguishers

Clean agent fire extinguishers use halon agents and halocarbon agents to interrupt the chemical reaction causing the fire to burn. They can be used for class B and class C fires.

Commercial and Residential Fire Protection from Biles Fire Protection

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