Fire Extinguisher Training

Fire Extinguisher Training

The very first thing you need to know about fire extinguishers is that they are not all created equal. Fire Extinguishers come in all shapes sizes and TYPES. It is important to remember this because not all types of extinguishers are made to fight all types of fires. Using the wrong type of extinguisher may not only not put out your fire it could also potentially be dangerous. Each type of fire extinguisher has a classification or type rating that allows users to determine if they are using the right one. My goal is to provide everyone with a clear and concise description of the different types of fire extinguishers, what their particular uses are and how to use them. 

Types of Fire Extinguishers

 

Type A is a water hydro spray and its effectiveness is limited to wood, paper, cloth, and other flammable textiles. This type of fire extinguisher if used on an oil fire will have the same affect as dropping water into a frying pan of hot oil. It will spit and sputter and cause the fire to spread. It is equally dangerous to use this type of extinguisher on a live electrical fire, as it will also cause the fire to spread.

Type B   is spray foam and is used to combat fires that are primarily combustible liquids such as gasoline, diesel fuel, or kerosene. Type B extinguishers also have a numerical ID that indicates the approximate amount of square footage it is able to extinguish.

Type C extinguishers should be used on Electrical fires. Computers, televisions, etc. Type C extinguishers are made of a non-conductive retardant that will put out the fire without allowing an electrical charge to feed through it.

Type D fire extinguishers are used solely to extinguish fires involving flammable metals. Things like magnesium and lithium. These extinguishers are designed specifically for 1 type of fire and will be labeled Type D magnesium or Type D lithium.

Type F or sometimes called - Type K extinguishers are primarily designed to use in industrial kitchens like restaurants, schools, hospitals, etc. These extinguishers usually require the purchaser have some type of certification of qualification to use.

When Using Any Type of Fire extinguisher

 

Multi functional fire extinguishers are the most commonly used extinguishers. You will see labels on these like Type AB, Type BC, or Type ABC. To decipher these type classifications you simply need to know what each individual type is. The multifunction codes are used to indicate suitability for covering multiple classes of fire.

Types D, F, and or K are not used in multifunction extinguishers since they are very type specific extinguishers.

When Using Any Type of Fire extinguisher

When using any type of fire extinguisher it is important to remember Safety First. Be sure you know what class of fire you are dealing with and whether or not you extinguisher is the correct type to handle it. Be sure to always approach a fire with an exit line behind you, and that your Fire extinguisher is sufficient to control the size of the fire.

P.A.S.S.

P.A.S.S

Pull – the safety pin in the trigger

Aim – at the base of the fire 

Squeeze – the extinguisher

Sweep – in a side-to-side manner, covering the width of the fire’s base.

Fire Extinguishers are all pressurized to allow users to remain a safe distance, approximately six feet away from the fire when using them. Ignoring this safety barrier could cause serious injury.

Multi-function Fire extinguishers

Multi functional fire extinguishers are the most commonly used extinguishers. You will see labels on these like Type AB, Type BC, or Type ABC. To decipher these type classifications you simply need to know what each individual type is. The multifunction codes are used to indicate suitability for covering multiple classes of fire.

Types D, F, and or K are not used in multifunction extinguishers since they are very type specific extinguishers.  

What did you learn

Your television has caught fire and the carpet is now burning you need

  • Type A
  • Type AB
  • Type ABC
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You are a new restaurant owner, you will need a type

  • ABC
  • K or F
  • both
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Fire Extinguishers are Type A, B, etc. Fires are idetified by the term

  • Class
  • Type
  • Category
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There are currently how many types of Fire extinguishers available

  • 6
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  • 8
  • 9
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Comments 15 comments

lyricsingray 6 years ago

I like it, ill go back to forum and comment, not bad girl, kimberly


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Ohma 6 years ago Author

Thank-you Kimberly I appreciate your kind words.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Nice, I actually took an osha class and think I learned more her, and because it is handy I can check back before making a decision on purchase.

I know you did not ask my opinion, but saw it in forum,and thought I'd check it out. Well Done.


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Ohma 6 years ago Author

I appreciate your opinion Faybe Bay. I am glad that you found the info helpful.


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hublim 6 years ago from Scotland

Fire Extinguishers are a vital piece of safety equipment, although you should not try to tackle a fire which is beyond your control.

They are something everyone should know how to use, but hopefully never have too.

Great hub thanks!


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Ohma 6 years ago Author

Hublim I agree you can never be to safe when dealing with fire thank -you


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

This is really good, Ohma! I never knew there was so much to it!


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Ohma 6 years ago Author

Ann thank-you.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Great info.......... thank you


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Ohma 6 years ago Author

Kaie glad you stopped by. This is one of those things that we all need to know about and hope we never need.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Ohma - excellent Hub and information everyone should know! Glad I came by checking to see if your IP address was showing;) which by the way it isnt!!


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Ohma 6 years ago Author

Thank-You Wavegirl. I appreciate your help and comments.


rexzymalapitan 6 years ago

when is the time to change co2 fire extinguishers?


LeoSavage 6 years ago

A very well put together hub. The quiz was a great touch! Thanks so much!


emergencyresponse 6 years ago

Excellent hub topic. It would be neat if all fire extinguishers had training videos, even at online sites now.

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