Having a fire extinguisher in your home or business is a very important fire prevention tool. But, what happens if you have to use the fire extinguisher? Traditional, dry chemical powder fire extinguishers leave behind quite a mess after use and will cause damage to your health, electronics, and metals. Out there are dry chemical powder, water, and carbon dioxide fire extinguishers; however, seldom does anyone have carbon dioxide extinguishers any longer and rarely does anyone use a water fire extinguisher in their home. Traditional, dry chemical extinguishers require significant clean-up and are likely to cause multiple types of damage – over and above the fire. There are likely health issues for anyone sensitive to breathing airborne chemicals, pollens, dust, and molds. The discharge is also a likely, strong irritant to the eyes, skin, and lungs. The dry chemical powder, which is in most traditional fire extinguishers, will also likely cause damage to electronics and other metal objects that are in the area of the fire extinguisher discharge as it is corrosive.
How to Clean up after a Traditional, Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher Discharge
Most dry chemical fire extinguishers contain a chemical known as ammonium phosphate, which is known to be highly corrosive and very unpleasant to get in your eyes, breathe in, get in an open wound, and will greatly amplify any negative effects of a fire. Of course, it is better to have a dry chemical extinguisher than nothing; however, you need to understand that you are spraying a very fine, corrosive powder, that will get everywhere. It is designed to stick to everything to retard flames. If you do use a dry chemical fire extinguisher, our recommendation is to bring in a professional disaster/emergency clean-up service provider. If you decide to clean the mess up yourself, make sure that you are wearing protective clothing and are in a well-ventilated space with the windows open. Vaccuum up, bag, and place the residue from the fire extinguisher in a dumpster away from your home or office. Try to avoid sweeping the discharge indoors as the chemicals can get mixed up in home dust and fire residue. But, if you do, be sure to wear a surgeon’s mask or some other type of dust-mask to save you from the pain of breathing in the powder. A shop-vacuum can be used to clean up fire extinguisher residue outdoors, but it is better to use a special HEPA vacuum for indoor clean up that will not disperse the chemicals and the dust into the air. Do not add water to chemical water extinguisher discharge. Water can make the powder pasty, more corrosive, and harder to clean. After the surfaces that were sprayed with the fire extinguisher have been cleaned, give the surfaces a neutralizing wash of vinegar or alcohol depending on the chemicals used in the fire extinguisher.
STOP-FYRE™ fire extinguishers are safe to use in your home and business
Why is STOP-FYRE a cleaner, safer, and more effective choice? A STOP-FYRE fire extinguisher is a clean agent fire extinguisher, which is safe on machinery, electronics, and skin. It leaves behind no corrosive residue and/or powder. When you use one, the only mess to clean up is what was caused by the fire. Again, there is no mess left behind by STOP-FYRE, so you will be able to get up and running much faster than if you use a traditional, dry chemical powder extinguisher. You’ll also save on the cost of a professional clean-up service after using a traditional, dry chemical powder extinguisher. Also, because of the proprietary blend of the liquefied gases, a STOP-FYRE unit, when sprayed, will move around obstructions, be drawn to the heat source, and snuff the fire faster.
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