What is a Fire extinguisher used for

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What is a Fire extinguisher used for

A multipurpose Fire Extinguisher can be used to tackle most types of small domestic or vehicle fires but is not recommended to use on fat-pan fires.  For this type of fire, you can use a fire blanket if safe to do so.  So what is a Fire extinguisher used for?

What is a Fire Extinguisher used for - Home Guide Expert

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There are 5 main fire extinguisher types and some have different versions of both (water and dry powder extinguishers).  These are:

Water Extinguisher

Can be used for combustible materials only (paper & wood).

Foam

Can be used for paper & wood, paint and petrol.  This is not suitable for domestic use.

Dry Powder

Can be used for paper, wood, paint, petrol, butane and methane, lithium and potassium.  This is not suitable for chip pans or deep fat fryers.

CO2

Can be used for paint and petrol, computer and generators (i.e. electrical equipment) only.

Wet Chemical

Can be used for paper and wood, chip pans or deep fat fryers only.

When you purchase a fire extinguisher, you should keep the instructions in a handy place (preferably next to the extinguisher) so if there’s a fire, you know how to work it.

Before even attempting to use one in the event of a fire, you must evacuate the area immediately, dial 999 and then situate yourself in a place where you can get out if you need to with an unrestricted escape route.  Do not tackle the fire if there are gas cylinders nearby.

Whilst in a crouching position follow the instructions carefully ensuring the fire is completely extinguished.

If at any point the fire becomes uncontrollable, get out.

On your way out, try to close windows and doors behind you and if you can turn off the gas supply.  If gas is involved, do not use an extinguisher to put it out.

We hope you found our what is a fire extinguisher used for guide helpful.

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