There are so many safety concerns to worry about, but fire is one of the biggest ones. If you have a fire extinguisher to hand, though, you’ll never have to worry about fires again. Most fire extinguishers are easy to use; you simply pull out the pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the lever, and sweep the extinguisher from side to side until the fire is out.
However, there are several different types of fire extinguisher. When considering which type to buy, you’ll need to think about what type of materials are likely to catch fire. You’ll need specific fire extinguishers for electrical fires or flammable gases.
Water-based fire extinguishers are only useful on wood, paper or textile materials and are dangerous on other substances, especially electricity. Foam-based fire extinguishers are the most common type of fire extinguisher and work well on wood, paper, textiles, and flammable liquids.
If you’re in need of something to put out electrical fires or flammable gases, you’ll need an ABC powder-based fire extinguisher. However, this type of extinguisher will also work on wood, paper, textiles, and flammable liquids.
Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers can be used on flammable liquids and electrical fires. Wet chemical fire extinguishers work on wood, paper, textiles, cooking oils, and fats.
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Whichever type of fire extinguisher you choose, your safety should be at the heart of your decision. Don’t forget to pull the pin out, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the lever, and sweep your fire extinguisher from side to side.