CONTENT IN FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

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When buying a fire extinguisher, a lot of questions come to our minds. For example, what is the content of fire extinguishers? Are they going to protect me from hazard?

Different types and variety surely confuse some of us, not knowing which one is the most suitable. The first thing you need to do is understand what is the content in fire extinguishers. It is important to make sure you have the right fire extinguishers on hand to put on fires.

 

Fire extinguishers are available in different types of ingredients depends on the type of fire it puts out. The class of fire extinguishers can be differentiated by using a colour-coded label tagged on the fire extinguisher. This is how users can differentiate each type.

Content in Fire Extinguishers

Dry Chemicals

content in fire extinguishers. Dry chemicals fire extinguisher

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisher Description
Mono ammonium phosphate Class A, B and C Must be cleaned up soon after extinguishing the fire because nonconductive but corrosive
Sodium bicarbonate Class B and C Requires minimal clean up because it is non-corrosive and non-toxic.
Potassium bicarbonate Class B and C Requires minimal clean up because non-conductive and non-corrosive.

 

Wet Chemical

Wet chemical fire extinguisher

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisher Description
Potassium acetate-based agent Class K Often found in commercial cooking areas.

 

Water and Carbon Dioxide

Water fire extinguisher

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisher Description
Water Class A Often used in combination with chemicals in fire extinguishers.

Carbon dioxide fire extinguisher

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisher Description
Carbon Dioxide Class B and C Can be used on electrical equipment with minimal damage.

 

Halotron or Halon

Halotron fire extinguisher

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisher Description
Halotron Class A, B and C Halotron is an alternative to halon because dangerous gases are formed when halon is used on fires.

 

Metal Powders

Metal powder fire extinguisher

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisher Description
Powdered metal such as copper or sodium chloride and sand Class D Work best for fires including uranium, powdered aluminium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

 

Choose the right fire extinguisher

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