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By: The Fire Shop  09-12-2011
Keywords: Carbon Dioxide, Extinguishers, Smoke Alarms

Water extinguishers or APW extinguishers (air-pressurized water) are suitable for class A fires only. Never use a water extinguisher on grease fires, electrical fires or class D fires - the flames will spread and make the fire bigger! Water extinguishers are filled with water and pressurized with oxygen.

Dry chemical extinguishers come in a variety of types and are suitable for a combination of class A, B and C fires. These are filled with foam or powder and pressurized with nitrogen.
BC - This is the regular type of dry chemical extinguisher. It is filled with sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate. The BC variety leaves a mildly corrosive residue which must be cleaned immediately to prevent any damage to materials.
ABC - This is the multipurpose dry chemical extinguisher. The ABC type is filled with monoammonium phosphate, a yellow powder that leaves a sticky residue that may be damaging to electrical appliances such as a computer
CO2 (carbon dioxide) extinguishers are for class B and C fires. They don't work very well on class A fires because the material usually reignites. CO2 extinguishers have an advantage over dry chemical in that they leave behind no harmful residue. That makes carbon dioxide a good choice for an electrical fire involving a computer or other delicate instrument.        SMOKE ALARMS
The majority of fatal home fires happen at night when people are asleep. Contrary to popular belief, the smell of smoke may not wake a sleeping person. Inexpensive household smoke detectors sound an alarm, alerting you to a fire. By giving you time to escape, smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by almost 50%.
Dozens of brands of smoke alarms are for sale in hardware, department, and discount stores. Be sure that the smoke alarm you buy bear the label of an independent testing laboratory, such as UL. Several types of alarms are available. Some run on batteries, others on household current. Some detect smoke using an "ionization" sensor, others use a "photoelectric" detection system. All approved smoke alarms, regardless of type, will offer adequate protection provided they are installed and maintained properly.

Keywords: Carbon Dioxide, Dry Chemical Extinguishers, Extinguishers, Smoke Alarms,

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Carbon Dioxide fire extinguishing systems can be used to protect a wide variety of hazards, marine applications, delicate electronic equipment, high-voltage electrical equipment, without danger or damage. Carbon Dioxide gas has a high ratio of expansion which facilitates rapid discharge and allows for three dimensional penetration of the entire hazard area quickly.