Fire Extinguishers Overview

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Types of Fire Extinguishers and Safety Considerations

Introduction to Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers have been essential in the UK for many years, providing effective means to combat fires in their early stages, where safe to do so.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Let's explore the different types of fire extinguishers:

  • Water Extinguisher: Effective for Class A fires (materials like paper, cardboard).
  • Foam Extinguisher: Suitable for Class A and B fires (flammable liquids).
  • Powder Extinguisher: Suitable for Class A, B, C fires and electrical fires.
  • CO2 Extinguisher: Effective for Class B fires and electrical fires; releases cold gas, displacing oxygen.
  • Fire Blanket: Commonly found in kitchens; varies in size based on kitchen needs; requires proper training to use safely.

Safety Considerations

Important safety considerations for powder and CO2 extinguishers:

  • Powder Extinguisher: Releases a significant amount of dust; use short, sharp blasts and move away to avoid inhaling the dust.
  • CO2 Extinguisher: Emits cold gas and reduces oxygen; use short, controlled bursts and maintain distance, especially in confined spaces.

Usage Recommendations

Use powder and CO2 extinguishers cautiously:

  • Best suited for small, manageable fires that pose minimal risk.
  • Always ensure proper training and understanding of fire behaviour before deployment.

Fire Blanket Safety

Guidelines for using fire blankets:

  • Commonly located in kitchens; varying sizes available depending on kitchen setup.
  • Require training to avoid personal injury; follow Fire and Rescue Service advice to isolate power or gas, evacuate, and call emergency services if unsure.