When choosing the best extinguisher for fire safety protection, there are multiple considerations. Will it work? Is it effective? Will it be able to put out a fire?
However, not many people think about what’s inside their fire extinguisher.
Most dry chemical fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate, an agent that highly irritates the eyes, lungs, and any open wounds. These chemicals are designed to stick to all surfaces to discourage fire from spreading. These chemicals will stick to you as well. You should always avoid skin contact and wear protective clothing when dealing with dry chemical extinguishers.
To put it simply, a dry chemical extinguisher should NEVER be sprayed on a person.
Dry chemical fire extinguishers contains powder that coats the surface it’s applied to in order to extinguish the fire. However, not many people know the dangers these powders contain. Dry chemical extinguisher that is inhaled results in the powder preventing the lungs from exchanging oxygen. This can result is hypoxia, and eventually cardiac arrest. Additionally, the powder could cause the lungs to build up with fluid, also known as respiratory distress syndrome. Even minor exposure is enough for people to seek medical care.
Say good-bye to any technology that was touched with a dry chemical extinguisher. The powders in dry chemical extinguishers cause corrosive damage to technology, as well as metal objects that are near the discharge. Extensive cleaning is necessary to remove all powder discharge from the affected area. Fragile materials can also be damaged by the powder during the clean-up process. The powder can get into computer parts, cell phones, and other devices. Best case you can blow the powder out, but you’re probably going to have to replace it.
Is there any alternative to the dangers of dry chemicals?
Yes! STOP-FYRE is a clean agent fire extinguisher. Fire Protection Research Foundation defines “Clean agent” as fire extinguishing agents that vaporize readily, are electrically non-conductive, and leave no residue. That means no harm or irritants to your skin, or you technological devices. We still don’t recommend you spray them in your face, but STOP-FYRE is much more safe than dry chemicals.
Watch these videos to see how safe STOP-FYRE is: