Domestic / Residential Fire Extinguishers


Having fire extinguishers as well as smoke alarms will give you the means to control small fires in and around your home if you haven't got, or it is not possible or practical to install a fire sprinkler system.

Because fires are divided into different categories the method of extinguishing and the extinguishing agent or material that's used is different. However, with a home fire sprinkler system the extinguishing agent is water.

The categories or classification of fire risks and the methods and agents used by extinguishers to extinguish fires can be seen in the table below:

Fire Risk
Control Method
Extinguishing Agent
Wood
Textiles
Paper
Cooling
Water
Foam
Fire Blanket
BCF*
Inflammable Liquids
Smothering
Dry Powder
CO2 gas
Foam
Fire Blanket
BCF*
Electrical
Smothering with a
non-conducting
agent
Dry Powder
CO2 gas
BCF*

* Bromochlorodifluoromethane (BCF) is an inert gas used for fire suppression and mainly used in places like museums, switching centers in telecommunication and computer mainframe rooms

Note:

It is very important and essential that the correct equipment is used to control fires, using the wrong extinguishing agent can make things worse.

Fire blankets can also be used to smother and put out fires on people. All extinguishers and fire blankets should be located in readily accessible positions in your home.

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