Fire Extinguishers

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References Fire extinguishers types.(n.d.). Retrieved fromhttp://www.fireextinguisher101.com/ Nadar,k. (2010, December 2). Fire Extinguishers. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/fire_extinguisher Merriam-Webster. (2004), The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. In New York: A fire extinguisher is a portable container usually filled with chemicals for putting out fires. (Merriam-Webster, 2004) An active fire protection device used to extinguish or control fires. Fire extinguishers are mostly used in emergency situations, and is not intended for an out of control fire. Fires that get out of control normally need the expertise of a fire department. Trying to put out a fire by yourself, can only cause you harm…show more content…
BC extinguishers are filled with sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate. ABC extinguishers are filled with monoammonium phosphate. Dry chemical extinguishers leave a harmful residue behind after use. Carbon dioxide extinguishers are used for class B and C fires. Unlike dry chemical extinguishers, they don’t leave residue behind, and are more useful on electrical fires. Fire extinguishers maintenance is important for everyone’s safety and should be inspected at least once a month. While inspecting the fire extinguisher, you must ensure that: the extinguisher is not blocked by anything and could be easily accessed in case of an emergency, the pressure is at the recommended level on the gauge, the nozzle or other parts are not hindered in any way, the pin and tamper seal are intact, there are no signs of abuse/wear such as dents or rust. Fire extinguishers should be pressure tested after a few years, to make sure they are still safe to use. Fire extinguishers should be maintained at least once a year, to give maximum assurance that the extinguisher will operate effectively and safely, when an emergency situation strikes. Fire extinguishers are a fire protection device, which is one of the most helpful devices you can buy. They are required in all buildings, and even on boats to ensure your safety. Fire extinguishers have been around for centuries for a reason, they are for our safety. Like any other fire safety device, it could be a difference between

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