An extinguisher is a simple and very effective fire safety device designed to control or extinguish small fires, most frequently in emergency cases. It is not meant for use on a large, out-of-control, uncontrolled fire, like one that has already reached the roof, poses a threat to the general public, or is uncontrollable by a trained fire brigade.
The basic extinguishers are also called ‘pumps ‘pumps’ and are available in a wide range of sizes. The size of the reservoir used will determine how powerful the fire hazard you want to remove can be. These include water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, oil and sodium hydroxide.
Gas extinguishers use compressed air (CO2) to inflate and pump the contents up into the reservoir. There are three different types of these, namely, dry gas extinguishers, liquid nitrogen extinguishers and carbon dioxide fire extinguishers. Each type requires a different type of nozzle to blow the air into the cylinder.
The dry gas extinguishers, which are commonly found in factories and are commonly referred to as dry gas cylinders, work by burning the fuel with compressed gas, generally carbon dioxide, to release a high pressure air stream. The other type is liquid nitrogen extinguishers, which function in exactly the opposite manner. They are filled with either nitrogen or oxygen and have a valve which allows them to be blown up into the air by the same compressed gas.
Oxygen extinguishers also use compressed air to inflate and pump the contents of the cylinder up into the reservoir, but they contain oxygen instead of carbon dioxide. As the air is compressed, it expands, creating an equally strong blast of air which blows up into the cylinder. These extinguishers are usually most useful when combating small fire risks, because it only takes a small quantity of the oxygen to power the fire risk.
When you are searching for a fire hazard extinguisher, you should bear in mind the number of people who may be inside your home or business at any given time, and the type of fire hazard you have. You should also consider how easily this fire hazard can be extinguished. If the danger is small and controllable, then a dry gas extinguisher will do the job.
However, if your fire hazard is extremely large or difficult to control, then you may need to consider a gas powered or a compressed air extinguisher to get rid of it. When choosing your extinguisher, make sure that it is suitable for your specific fire hazard and has a good nozzle, especially in the case of gas fire hazards.
Finally, always check the fire risk of your extinguisher by consulting the manual. Many extinguishers also come with a guarantee so that should the product ever break down, you have a chance to get your money back or replace it with a new one.
A fire hazard extinguisher is also important for businesses and institutions that use flammable substances and are prone to fire. Some fire hazards, such as electrical appliances, may be a hazard to you because they may be controlled and extinguished with a standard fire extinguisher. Other fire hazards, such as flammable liquids and electrical equipment, need special fire hazards extinguishers and must be dealt with by trained personnel.
If your business or institution uses flammable fluids in a dangerous way, you need to purchase a fire hazard extinguisher which is specially designed to deal with these situations. Make sure you check the manual for the fire hazard extinguisher you are using and the fire hazard extinguishing agent which is recommended for the fluid you are dealing with. Also, make sure that the fluid that you are dealing with is safe for you to use.
Most of these products are available in many different sizes. Therefore, you must consider how often the extinguisher is going to be used. If it is used frequently, make sure you purchase one that is large enough for the volume of the flammable fluid. Smaller flammables may not require the same type of extinguishing agent as larger flammables.
If you don’t have much experience with extinguishers, then you should ask a professional to handle the task for you. It is best to buy a fire hazard extinguisher with a warranty, especially if you intend to use it repeatedly. This way, if there is any defect in the extinguisher, the company will take care of it for you.