Types Of Fire Extinguishers And Usage Tips

Posted on: 16 March 2023

Fire extinguishers can suppress fires in your home and workplace and they can prevent small fires from becoming large fires. There are a number of different types of fire extinguishers that work on different types of fires, and because of this, you should know which ones are appropriate for your situation. Here are some different types of fire extinguishers and some tips on using them.  

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Certain fire extinguishers are best for putting out paper and wood fires. These extinguishers are known as Class A extinguishers and they typically use water, but sometimes other substances to help extinguish and prevent the spread of the fire. 

If the fire is caused by gasoline or other highly flammable substances, Class B extinguishers should be used. These extinguishers use products that are sprayed over the fire to suffocate it. Electrical fires respond better to Class C extinguishers, and Class D extinguishers are typically used when flammable or volatile metals are the source of the fire. For cooking fires, fire extinguishers that use special products for grease fires are typically classified as Class K fires. These are the extinguishers that are commonly used in kitchens.

Using Your Extinguisher 

The first thing you need to do before using your extinguisher is to find the pin on the apparatus. Pulling this pin will unlock the extinguisher. After the extinguisher has been unlocked, point the hose to the bottom of the fire, if possible, so that you avoid the direct flames. 

After properly positioning the hose, squeeze the extinguisher's handle which will release the product from the canister. Even though it appears that the fire has been extinguished, keep spraying the areas because there could be lingering hot spots in the fire that could spark if not completely cooled and extinguished.

While you are attempting to put out a fire with your extinguisher, try to remain as calm as possible. Doing so will help you focus on the proper technique to help ensure that the fire has been extinguished properly and to help prevent the fire from reigniting. 

Fire extinguishers can keep you and your family safe from dangerous flames. They can also help save your property. While your extinguisher will come with easy-to-follow directions, call the manufacturer of the unit or your local fire department if you have questions about using it. By doing so, you will feel more confident extinguishing a fire, should you need to.