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Types of Fires and Fire Extinguishers

As fire extinguishers are a legal requirement and necessary for a safe home or work environment, there are several things which need to be taken into account before purchase. This includes knowing that there are several types of fire and additionally, several types of extinguishers you can buy.

After you have decided which type you will need, it is important to make sure they are installed properly, which includes a proper distribution and making sure the hoses are unobstructed. Read the following classification to know which fire extinguishers in Ohio are the ones you need.

Types of fires

There are five types of fires which require corresponding actions to be taken out:

-Class A fires: ordinary combustible materials, such as cloth, paper, wood, plastic, etc.

-Class B fires: flammable liquids, such as gasoline, kerosene, turpentine, or paint

Class C fires: electrical equipment, such as wiring, appliances, power tools, panels and switches

-Class D fires: combustible metals, usually found in laboratories, such as magnesium, potassium, aluminum, titanium, and sodium

-Class K fires: kitchen fires, which include grease, cooking oil, etc.

Types of fire extinguishers

There are several types of fire extinguishers, each kind of which is used for extinguishing different types of fires. All of the extinguishers can be divided into disposable and rechargeable units. A disposable fire unit is usually much cheaper, due to the materials from which it is made. However, they are not rechargeable and after slowly losing pressure, they need to be completely replaced, usually after about twelve years, but sometimes sooner. Rechargeable extinguishers can last long if regularly inspected, and as the name says, they can be recharged along the way.

Water extinguishers

Water H2O fire extinguishers are easy to maintain and can be used only for Class A fires because they take out the fire with water.

Foam extinguishers

This type is used for Class A and B fires and it acts on the surface of the liquid, in order to prevent a combustible vapor from rising in the air. It creates a barrier between the flame and the fuel.

Dry powder extinguishers

They are sometimes called ABC extinguishers because they can tackle Class A, B and C fires.  These are the most common types of fire extinguishers.

D Class extinguishers

These special types combat Class D metal fires. When sprayed, they create a crust to stop the fire from spreading.

Carbon dioxide extinguishers

They are used for Class B and C fires and are practical for taking out office fires. Because they contain only CO2, they leave no harmful residue behind. They take away the oxygen from the fire.

Wet chemical extinguishers

They are best suited for Class K fires and highly effective when used correctly. They create a mist which cools the flames and prevents re-ignition.

Water mist extinguishers

They are the newest type, which takes away heat as an element of the fire triangle, and are used for Class A and C fires.

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For any type of fire service, repair, testing, recharge, hydrotesting or maintenance in Ohio, call Red Truck Fire & Safety Company for an expert solution.

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