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What are The 5 Most Commonly Used Fire Extinguishers?

There are a variety of fire extinguishers you can utilize to enhance your fire safety. The five most commonly used fire extinguishers are water, foam, powder, carbon dioxide and wet chemical. There are also more specialized fire extinguishers including Halon, clean agent extinguishers FE-36 and powder extinguishers such as the class D fire extinguishers for metal fire risks and monnex powder.

The most commonly used and affordable fire extinguishers are the water fire extinguishers. They can extinguish flammable solid fires of paper and wood, which are categorized under class A fires.

Additives can be added to water extinguishers to boost their fire rating and help them combat fires better. For example, low freeze additives can protect water from freezing in cold conditions. This kind of water extinguisher is perfect for parks or unheated warehouses and outbuildings.

Another great fire extinguisher is the foam extinguisher, which offers class A coverage and coverage against flammable liquid fires. For example AFFF foam extinguishers are great for areas where there are no flammable liquid risks because the foam extinguisher is able to cover class A risks while still meeting the flooring rating of a facility.

Foam extinguishers used with a spray nozzle, help improve fire safety especially in situations where the foam extinguishers accidentally may spray on electrical appliances. There are foam and water extinguishers that comply with a 35kva dielectric test to certify their safety if accidentally used on electrical risks.

ABC dry powder fire extinguishers can also be safely used on fires involving electrical equipment like flammable solids and liquids. ABC dry powder is also acceptable to use on flammable gases. In other words, they are a multi purpose fire extinguisher.

However, be careful with the powder Mono Ammonium phosphate. It is not the first choice of extinguishers to be used on sensitive electrical equipment. Instead, use a carbon dioxide extinguisher (co2). This kind of extinguisher protects electrical equipment without leaving residue. Also, Carbon dioxide extinguishers can be used on petrol and oil but never use them on cooking fat fire because the fast discharge has the potential to spread cooking fat.

Wet chemical fire extinguishers are best for cooking oil or fat fires because they carry the F class rating. This extinguisher type smothers and cools flammable cooking fat to eliminate the risk of re-igniting. They are also perfect for class A fires and passed the 35kv electricity conductivity test for added user protection.

Fireline has provided fire extinguishers and portable extinguisher service for more than 60 years. Our salesmen are trained to access the building occupancy, the potential fire hazards and the anticipated class of fire before recommending the proper type and size of extinguishers required to meet the codes. Our technicians are routinely trained to provide the highest quality service for any type of extinguisher.

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