Fire Extinguisher Trivia
- A majority of adults do not know how to use fire extinguishers properly.
- Elderly people, children, and those with disabilities are likely to find traditional fire extinguishers too heavy and cumbersome to operate.
- An item of antiquity most closely resembling the modern fire extinguisher was invented in 1818 by George William Manby, a British Captain, and he called it an “Extincteur”.
- On average, given the unit is not already partially discharged; the typical fire extinguisher will provide 10 seconds of firefighting power.
- Generally speaking; there are 5 different classifications of fire extinguishers:
- Class A fire extinguishers will put out every day combustibles like paper and wood.
- Class B fire extinguishers are effective fighting flammable liquids like gasoline and oil and their ignited gas vapors.
- Class C extinguishers are used on appliances or situations where electricity is present.
- Class D fire extinguishers are called for when certain combustible metals catch fire, most likely inside factories or laboratories working with those metals.
- Class K fire extinguishers are used in kitchen cooking situations where grease catches fire on a stove or other kitchen appliance.
- There are also several different types of fire extinguishing agents:
- Dry chemical
- Wet chemical and water additives
- Clean agents and carbon dioxide
- Class D (specific agents for specific combustible metals)
- It is recommended that traditional powder fire extinguishers be inspected / maintained on a monthly basis, at least, to ensure they are in good working order and to free the powder.
- Traditional dry chemical fire extinguishers leave behind a toxic, corrosive chemical residue, which is often very costly to clean up.
- Fire extinguisher systems for marine applications are designed to automatically empty their entire contents of fire extinguishing agents.
- “PASS” is a good word to remember when fighting a fire with a portable fire extinguisher:
- “P”ull the pin, point the nozzle away from you and release locking mechanism.
- “A”im low (point at the base of your fire).
- “S”queeze the lever slowly and gently, no need for Herculean pressure.
- “S”weep the nozzle in a side-to-side pattern.
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