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Types of Fire Extinguishers and Safety Tips

Understanding Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers come in various types and require regular maintenance and checks to ensure effectiveness.

Safety Precautions

  • Ensure Safety: Only attempt to use a fire extinguisher if it is safe to do so and if you are trained.
  • Professional Assistance: In most cases, it's best to leave firefighting to trained professionals.
  • Steam Hazard: Avoid using water on fires as it expands drastically and adds oxygen, increasing the burn risk.
  • Fire Blankets: Can be effective but require proper training to avoid burns if used incorrectly.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

  • Water
  • Foam
  • Dry Powder
  • CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)
  • Wet Chemical

Placement and Maintenance

Fire extinguishers should adhere to specific rules for placement:

  • No one should have to travel more than 30 meters to access an extinguisher.
  • Mount extinguishers in pairs on walls for easy accessibility.
  • Maintain extinguishers by keeping them clean and protected.