A fire can be devastating for a home, as well as the family. There are some fires that you could quickly put out on your own, however, such as a kitchen fire. In order to do this, you need to have a fire extinguisher. Below are some different types of fire extinguishers available, as well as tips on maintaining the extinguisher that you purchase.
Types of Fire Extinguishers
One type of fire extinguisher that you can purchase sprays water. This type is used to put out fires on solid combustibles, such as paper and wood. You should never use a water fire extinguisher to put out fires on electrical equipment, however. This is because electricity can travel along the water and potentially cause even more fires to erupt on nearby items, as well as cause injury to you or anyone else near the fire.
Another type of fire extinguisher that you can purchase shoots out foam. Foam works well for electrical fire because no water is used. You can also use foam to put out fires on soluble liquids, such as a chemical fire. The foam smothers the fire in order to put it out.
Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers are also available. This type is used to put out fires on flammable liquids, as well as electrical fires. This type of extinguisher will leave no residue behind because carbon dioxide is not a conductor.
Wet chemical fire extinguishers work well to put out fires in kitchens as they do a great job of extinguishing fires that were caused by burning fat and oil.
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
No matter what type of fire extinguisher you purchase, you do need to maintain it properly. First, make sure the fire extinguisher is easily accessible to everyone in the home. Make sure the fire extinguisher is set up, so you only have to pick it up and start using it. Make sure the fire extinguisher is kept charged at all times. If you are not sure how to do this, you can hire a fire extinguisher service to do this for you.
The pull pin should be checked periodically to make sure the seal has not been broken. Check the fire extinguisher for any type of damage, such as rust, cracks, or dents. If you see any of this, you should replace the extinguisher with a new one.
Put instructions near the fire extinguisher on how to use it properly. This is important especially if you have someone in the home that is not normally there, such as a guest or a friend, that may need to put out a fire.
Talk with the salesperson where you purchase your fire extinguishers and they can give you many more details about them. Contact a company like Fire Foe Corp in order to learn more.Share
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