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Understanding the Magnitude of Fire Extinguishers

In many of fire incidents, prevention to further damage can be initiated if only a fire extinguisher is present, as this red can, which is often hanged on the wall, will be your first line of defense to contain a fire, preventing the fire from spreading into other areas of a place and, thus, we can safely say that fire extinguishers can spell the difference between a minor fire situation and destruction of property. During the fire prevention month, the local fire department and the National Fire Protection Association often emphasizes the fact that the presence of a fire extinguisher has a huge impact towards extinguishing fires and diminishing damages that are caused by fires.

As part of their mission goals to educate the public on fire prevention and safety, the local fire departments would collaborate with schools, government and business establishments and provide videos for media to show and even using social media, to plainly instruct people on how to extinguish fire using a fire extinguisher and, therefore, making people realize on the importance of preventing fire damage through the presence of a fire extinguisher. Furthermore, fire drills are often practiced in schools and offices, a collaboration between these establishments and the fire department and, therefore, this training has helped taught people how and when to use an extinguisher. With respect to the effect on environment when there is an existing fire, the significance of using a fire extinguisher to control and stop fires has also contributed in limiting the amount of pollution brought about by the smoke and burning debris during a fire situation.

The fire department does not only educate people on the use of fire extinguisher, but that it also informs them on the different types of fire extinguishers and where each type is effectively useful and these are the following: wet chemical extinguisher, carbon dioxide extinguisher, water fire extinguisher, powder fire extinguisher, and foam extinguisher. Any oil-based substances, when they become a source of fire, can be easily extinguished using a wet chemical fire extinguisher; however, these substances cannot be extinguished if you use a water fire extinguisher, since water does not mix with oil, and will, in fact, create more fire on these oil-based components, thus one should learn that there is definitely a distinction between these two kinds of extinguishers, such that with respect to water fire extinguishers, they are more effective on burning paper, wood, organic materials. When it comes to fires caused by electrical faulty wiring or short circuits, a water fire extinguisher will not be helpful, but instead a carbon dioxide extinguisher is used to deal with this situation. While it is a fact that fires that are caused by flammable liquids and solids can be stopped by a foam fire extinguisher, it is limited to just that and that is why the more effective one, the powder fire extinguisher, is often used to stop fires, such as flammable liquids, solids, gases as well as electric fires.

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