CONTENT IN FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

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

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 the content of fire extinguishers is. 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 depending 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

 

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisherDescription
Mono ammonium phosphateClass A, B and CMust be cleaned up soon after extinguishing the fire because nonconductive but corrosive
Sodium bicarbonateClass B and CRequires minimal clean up because it is non-corrosive and non-toxic.
Potassium bicarbonateClass B and CRequires minimal clean up because non-conductive and non-corrosive.

Wet Chemical

 

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisherDescription
Potassium acetate-based agentClass KOften found in commercial cooking areas.

Water and Carbon Dioxide

 

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisherDescription
WaterClass AOften used in combination with chemicals in fire extinguishers.

 

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisherDescription
Carbon DioxideClass B and CCan be used on electrical equipment with minimal damage.

Halotron or Halon

 

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisherDescription
HalotronClass A, B and CHalotron is an alternative to halon because dangerous gases are formed when halon is used on fires.

Metal Powders

 

Ingredient Class of fire extinguisherDescription
Powdered metals such as copper or sodium chloride and sandClass DWork best for fires including uranium, powdered aluminium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

Choose the right fire extinguisher

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