Fire Fighting Cylinder

May 29 21:57 2010 Ricky Hussey Print This Article

Fire accidents are very common and can be very fatal. Although fire is useful, it can have catastrophic effects if one is careless around it. Fire can cause a lot of damage to human life and property.

There are many ways of dousing fires such as using sand,Guest Posting water, cloth, fire extinguishers etc.

A fire extinguisher is a sturdy portable metal container that discharges a jet of foam, liquid or gas to extinguish a fire. It basically helps removing one or more of the three elements that maintain fire - oxygen, fuel and heat. It tends to smother the fire and manages to stop it. A fire extinguisher is almost always red in color.
There are many types of fire extinguishers - water fire extinguishers, foam fire extinguishers, dry powder extinguishers, and carbon dioxide fire extinguishers and there are the chemical specialist extinguishers.

Water fire extinguishers are the cheapest and are widely used. They are used for dousing wood, plastic or paper fire. They are NOT to be used on fire related to electrical appliances. Foam fire extinguishers are used on solids as well as flammable liquids like oil, petrol etc. Dry powder extinguishers are used to douse solid, flammable liquids as well as flammable gases related fires. Dry powder extinguishers tend to get messy and they can damage goods and machinery when used indoors.

 One should always remember the acronym “PASS” before using a fire extinguisher. But even before that one should definitely go through the manual carefully. The mnemonic PASS can be very helpful in remembering how to use a fire extinguisher during emergency purposes. The letter “P” stands for pull, “A” stands for aim, “S” stands for squeeze and the other “S” stands for sweep. The fire extinguisher should be always be held upright. Once it is held properly, the plastic safety tie should be removed from the handle. The nozzle should be aimed at the base of the fire. The person handling the extinguisher should stand at a safe distance to avoid accidents. The handle of the extinguisher should be squeezed to dispense the foam. The extinguisher should be swept from side to side. One should keep sweeping the base of the fire until the fire is completely out.

A fire extinguisher is very helpful and should at all times be kept handy. One thing should always be kept in mind; a fire extinguisher should be used ONLY on small fires and if one is not sure about how to use it, then fire stations should be contacted immediately and the place should be evacuated.

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Ricky Hussey
Ricky Hussey

RBs provide training courses, service fire extinguishers, fire safety and fire safety equipment.

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