Emergency Response: The Importance of Fire Extinguishers

With all of the benefits that fire extinguishers provide for us, it is surprising that we don’t appreciate them more. In fact, the only time we tend to think about them is when we need them in an emergency. The only time we really hear about them is when they are unavailable, or when the are unable to do their job.

Fire extinguishers are the most common types of fire safety equipments that are installed in almost every types of establishment these days. There are a number of different types to be aware of:

Wet chemical extinguishers

Fire caused due to oil is difficult to extinguish by water as it floats above the layer. This where Wet chemical extinguishers come in.

Carbon-dioxide extinguishers

This is used to deal with electrical fires that break out in certain areas.

Water fire extinguisher

This type of Fire extinguisher is useful in combating with fire caused due to flammable substances such as paper, wood and other organic materials. As it is water based, so extinguishing fires caused by short-circuits is not possible.

Powder fire extinguisher

This type of extinguisher is used to deal with fires that are caused by flammable solids, liquids and gases as well as electric fires. Developed recently, these extinguishers are found in almost every building these days.

Foam extinguishers

It is the choice for tackling fires caused by flammable liquids and solids. Not suitable for electrical fires.

We’re always interested in anything that aids responders in improving your capabilities. Being able to easily manage and track your equipment is one of the reasons we created [D4H] Technologies designed especially for response team equipment.

Robert Charles


Originally published at www.d4h.org on December 26, 2014.

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