Different ways to Extinguish a Fire
When you're faced with a fire, it's important to know how to put it out. But there are many different types of fires and extinguishers, each designed for specific types of fires. The type of extinguisher you need depends on the type of fire you're facing—for example, if your kitchen catches on fire, you'll need a different extinguisher than if your car does. Here are some common types of fires and how to deal with them:
Different types of Fire Extinguishers
When it comes to fire safety, there are a few things that you can do to make sure your home is prepared for the worst. One of these things is learning about different types of fires and what to do when they occur.
Here’s a quick rundown:
- Type 1 - Electrical
- Type 2 - Wood, paper, or fabric
- Type 3 - Cooking oil and grease (such as animal fats or butter)
- Type 4 - Dried vegetation (like leaves or dried grasses)
Know your extinguisher
As fire spreads the fire can become more intense. The key to identifying the difference between a fire and smoke is flame color. Red, orange, and yellow flames indicate that there are carbon compounds burning in the organic material. Blue flames indicate something with high carbon content (oil or wax).
The first thing you should do when you encounter a fire is determine what kind of fire it is. If the flames are coming from an electrical appliance or wiring, it's likely that an ABC dry chemical extinguisher will be your best bet. If the problem is caused by flammable liquids, gasses or combustible metals (such as magnesium), then a CO2 or water-based extinguisher may be required.
Once you've identified which type of extinguisher to use, locate the operating instructions to learn how to activate and use the device correctly in time of a fire emergency.,
As with many things in life, there are some risks associated with using these devices. If theres a case that involves improper usage rather than malfunctions themselves so don't worry too much about them malfunctioning on their own. Make sure not only yourself but anyone else nearby knows what they're doing before attempting to use the fire extinguisher.
Finally once all has been done safely assess the damage and call the professionals immediately to come and access the damages to see what is the next step in cleanup process.
When in doubt, give the professionals at SERVPRO a call for more information on fire extinguishers or fire and smoke damages.