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TypesofFires(typesoffires.html)

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TypesofFireExtinguishers
WaterandFoam
WaterandFoamfireextinguishersextinguishthefirebytakingawaythe
heatelementofthefiretriangle.Foamagentsalsoseparatetheoxygen
elementfromtheotherelements.
WaterextinguishersareforClassAfiresonlytheyshouldnotbeusedon
ClassBorCfires.Thedischargestreamcouldspreadtheflammableliquidin
aClassBfireorcouldcreateashockhazardonaClassCfire.

CarbonDioxide
CarbonDioxidefireextinguishersextinguishfirebytakingawaytheoxygen
elementofthefiretriangleandalsoberemovingtheheatwithaverycold
discharge.
CarbondioxidecanbeusedonClassB&Cfires.Theyareusuallyineffective
onClassAfires.

DryChemical
DryChemicalfireextinguishersextinguishthefireprimarilybyinterrupting
thechemicalreactionofthefiretriangle.
Today'smostwidelyusedtypeoffireextinguisheristhemultipurposedry
chemicalthatiseffectiveonClassA,B,andCfires.Thisagentalsoworksby
creatingabarrierbetweentheoxygenelementandthefuelelementon
ClassAfires.
OrdinarydrychemicalisforClassB&Cfiresonly.Itisimportanttousethe
correctextinguisherforthetypeoffuel!Usingtheincorrectagentcanallow
thefiretoreigniteafterapparentlybeingextinguishedsuccesfully.

WetChemical

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WetChemicalisanewagentthatextinguishesthefirebyremovingtheheat
ofthefiretriangleandpreventsreignitionbycreatingabarrierbetweenthe
oxygenandfuelelements.
WetchemicalofClassKextinguishersweredevelopedformodern,high
efficiencydeepfatfryersincommercialcookingoperations.Somemayalso
beusedonClassAfiresincommercialkitchens.

CleanAgent
HalogenatedorCleanAgentextinguishersincludethehalonagentsaswell
asthenewerandlessozonedepletinghalocarbonagents.Theyextinguish
thefirebyinterruptingthechemicalreactionofthefiretriangle.
CleanagentextinguishersareprimarilyforClassB&Cfires.Somelarger
cleanagentextinguisherscanbeusedonClassA,B,andCfires.

DryPowder
DryPowderextinguishersaresimilartodrychemicalexceptthatthey
extinguishthefirebyseparatingthefuelfromtheoxygenelementorby
removingtheheatelementofthefiretriangle.
However,drypowderextinguishersareforClassDorcombustiblemetal
fires,only.Theyareineffectiveonallotherclassesoffires.

WaterMist
WaterMistextinguishersarearecentdevelopmentthatextinguishthefireby
takingawaytheheatelementofthefiretriangle.Theyareanalternativeto
thecleanagentextinguisherswherecontaminationisaconcern.
WatermistextinguishersareprimarilyforClassAfires,althoughtheyaresafe
foruseonClassCfiresaswell.

CartridgeOperatedDryChemical

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CartridgeOperatedDryChemical
CartridgeOperatedDryChemicalfireextinguishersextinguishthefire
primarilybyinterruptingthechemicalreactionofthefiretriangle.
Likethestoredpressuredrychemicalextinguishers,themultipurposedry
chemicaliseffectiveonClassA,B,andCfires.Thisagentalsoworksby
creatingabarrierbetweentheoxygenelementandthefuelelementonClass
Afires.
OrdinarydrychemicalisforClassB&Cfiresonly.Itisimportanttousethe
correctextinguisherforthetypeoffuel!Usingtheincorrectagentcanallow
thefiretoreigniteafterapparentlybeingextinguishedsuccessfully.

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