Fire is naturally unpredictable, making it more dangerous and difficult to put out. It can blaze in almost every place at any matter or substance, even in metal materials that depicts durability. Despite the strength and prowess that fire shows, you can still put it out using the right type of fire extinguisher.
There are five types of fire extinguishers according to their extinguishing agents: carbon dioxide gas, water, foam, dry powder, and wet chemical. Each tool is designed and made to fight various types of fires also. Identifying which extinguisher goes with which fire helps you put it out more effectively.
Filled with non-flammable CO2 gas under extreme pressure, carbon dioxide extinguishers are mostly suitable for live electric gadgets, flammable gasses and liquids, along with precise mechanisms and electronic gadgets. It is not apt, though, for flammable solid materials like wood, textile, and coil.
Of all the elements, water is the most effective when it comes to extinguishing fire. It lowers the temperature of a burning object below the start point. Use water extinguishers for flammable solids like paper and wood; however, do not use it for live electric gadgets, oil, petrol, acids, and flammable gasses.
Air further ignites a fire, and a foam extinguisher works by cutting off the air supply while preventing the release of igneous exhausts. That is why it is suitable for extinguishing fire on petrol, oil, mineral oil, lipids, and flammable solids. Nevertheless, it is not apt if the blazing liquid is mixed with water.
Powder extinguisher works by absorbing the fuel molecules to deny a fire of its fuel source. This type of extinguisher can be used to almost any fire, except for wood, coil, and textile. It is not meant for light and flammable alkaline metal.
This extinguisher suppresses burning cooking oils and fats, which forms into a foam that blocks the air supply. Use this for fires in carbonaceous materials like wood, paper, and textile. Do not use it on petrol and spirits, as it may just cause further ignition.
Getting to know which type of fire extinguisher suits a certain blaze helps you subdue it better faster. Using an extinguisher is your first option, but if the fire is already too big, it is best to get out of the place and call for help.