How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
A fire extinguisher is a tool that you can use to put out a fire in your home. They can be used in a variety of ways, so it is important to know how to properly use one and how to store them safely.
The first step to using a fire extinguisher is to locate the closest exit. This will ensure that you can safely escape from the building if the fire becomes uncontrolled.
Next, you need to aim at the base of the fire. This will allow you to discharging the extinguisher, and will also prevent it from flying away. Once you have aimed at the base of the fire, squeeze the top handle or lever to release the pressurized extinguishing agent in the extinguisher.
Another type of extinguisher is the air-pressure fire extinguisher, which uses compressed air to force a spray of water or foam out through a nozzle. This can be a safe and effective way to tackle Class A fires, which are caused by burning solid materials such as wood, paper and fabric.
This kind of fire extinguisher is usually made of metal and can be a very large size, sometimes up to 2 imperial gallon (US gal) capacity. They are a little more expensive than water or foam extinguishers but do not require any special skills to operate.
You can buy these type of extinguishers in a variety of sizes, but they generally come in 3 lb (1.2 kg) and 5 lb (2.3 kg) units. They are portable and easily recharged.
If you’re looking for a basic dry chemical fire extinguisher, look for one that is labeled as Class A, B, or C. This is the best type of extinguisher to use on common household fires, such as wood and paper.
A common extinguisher material is baking soda, which decomposes at 158 degrees F (70 degrees C), producing carbon dioxide and a suffocating foam that smothers and cools the fire. You can also get a version of this extinguisher that contains potassium bicarbonate or monoammonium phosphate.
Another popular extinguisher material is dry chemical foam or powder. These contain sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate, which are similar to baking soda but start to decompose at much lower temperatures. This type of fire extinguisher is effective on a wide variety of fires, and it’s often the most affordable option for most people.
These types of fire extinguishers are usually stored in a tall, stainless steel cylinder and can be a great option for many situations. They are often sold in Europe, and can be found in the United States as well.
It’s a good idea to check with your local fire department to find hands-on training and to make sure that the fire extinguisher you have is compatible with the area in which you will be using it. Then, be sure to keep the extinguisher in a convenient and accessible location that is near your nearest exits.