Key Facts Of Fire Extinguishers: A Brief Discussion

A fire extinguisher is a popular fire safety equipment that can extinguish different types of fire classes. The importance of a fire extinguisher is huge. It comes with different label colours. This fire equipment in Melbourne is widely used in several properties. In this blog, we will discuss major facts about fire extinguishers.

Types of fire classes:

Depending on the types of combustible materials, liquids and gases, fire classes are classified into different types. They include:

  • Class A fires: Fire mainly caused by several combustible materials or flammable solids like paper, wood, and textiles
  • Class B fires: Fire mainly caused by different flammable liquids such as paint, petrol, spirits, etc.
  • Class C fires: Fire mainly caused by flammable gases cause propane & butane
  • Class D fires: Fire mainly caused by flammable chemicals like lithium, magnesium, or potassium
  • Electrical fires: Electrical fires caused by several types of electrical equipment like photocopiers and computers.
  • Class F fires: Fire caused by cooking oils like butter or olive oil. Mainly a chip-pan fire

Types of fire extinguishers

We have already discussed above that fire extinguishers are essential fire safety equipment that is extensively used in both residential and commercial properties like schools, offices, retail stores, shopping malls, etc. Based on the type of fire extinguishing agents, this fire equipment is categorized into different types. They include:

1. Water fire extinguishers: They are the most common types of extinguishers where water is used as a fire extinguishing agent. Water fire extinguishers are mainly used to control class A fires that mean fires caused by paper, cardboard, or fabrics. They mainly come with red label colour.

2. Foam fire extinguishers: Foam fire extinguishers are quite similar to water fire extinguishers as the fire extinguishing agent of these extinguishers is foam which is water-based. They are mainly used to extinguish class A and class B fires. The label colour of these fire extinguishers is cream.

3. Dry powder fire extinguishers: Dry powder fire extinguishers are also called ABC extinguishers because they are widely used to control class A, class B, and class C fires. However, they can not be used in the enclosed area. The label colour is blue.

Fire extinguisher commissioning

Once the fire extinguisher is installed, it must be commissioned by the laws. This means experts check the following:

  • The extinguishers have been properly installed
  • Horns and hoses are correctly attached
  • The weight and pressure of extinguishers should be appropriate
  • They are undamaged completely

Fire extinguishers are easy to operate and require very low maintenance. According to the professionals, a periodic check-up is essential to keep the extinguishers functional.

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