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Fire extinguishers may not necessarily be often used but when there is a real fire emergency situation, these red cans will be vitally useful as a first line of defense in extinguishing a fire and preventing fires to inflict further costly damage to properties. During the fire prevention month, the local fire department and the National Fire Protection Association often emphasizes the fact that the presence of a fire extinguisher has a huge impact towards extinguishing fires and diminishing damages that are caused by fires.
In a significant way, the local fire department has been very successful in campaigning to educate everyone in the community about fire prevention and the importance of fire extinguishers in one’s home and establishment, generally, because it’s much easier advocated through social media through a well-demonstrated video, such that people are now realizing a fire extinguisher’s usefulness, thus small fires are easily stopped. Schools and business establishments, fully understanding the need to educate about fire prevention and safety, go out of their way to collaborate with the local fire department so that fire drills are annually undertaken and the people concerned get to have a hands-on experience to learn how and when to use the fire extinguisher. It is significant to note that fire extinguishers are useful to stop and prevent fires and that they also help the environment from containing the pollution coming from the smoke and burning debris.
An important aspect in the seminars and trainings on fire extinguishers, which the fire department usually orient to their attendees, is that there are various types of fire extinguishers that are used according to the cause of fire and they are wet chemical extinguisher, carbon dioxide extinguisher, water fire extinguisher, powder fire extinguisher, and foam extinguisher. Any oil-based substances, when they become a source of fire, can be easily extinguished using a wet chemical fire extinguisher; however, these substances cannot be extinguished if you use a water fire extinguisher, since water does not mix with oil, and will, in fact, create more fire on these oil-based components, thus one should learn that there is definitely a distinction between these two kinds of extinguishers, such that with respect to water fire extinguishers, they are more effective on burning paper, wood, organic materials. When it comes to fires caused by electrical faulty wiring or short circuits, a water fire extinguisher will not be helpful, but instead a carbon dioxide extinguisher is used to deal with this situation. The foam fire extinguisher is useful for fires that are coming from flammable liquids and solids, but not effective for electrical fires, so a more effective extinguisher, the powder fire extinguisher, is used to deal with fires that are caused by flammable liquids, solids, gases as well as electric fires.
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