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Types of Fires and Extinguishers!
Be sure to keep a proper fire extinguisher handy!
A fire is a dangerous situation that can quickly become out of control. The first line of defense in battling the flames is a fire extinguisher, but did you know that there are different types of extinguishers for different fires? Hopefully you never encounter such a situation, but knowing the source and having the proper equipment is one easy way to prepare.
The Five Classes of Fires
The National Fire Protection Association has created a standard known as the NFPA 10 for portable fire extinguishers.
Class A fires group ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, and plastics.
Class B fires are any flammable liquids such as gasoline oils, solvents, and alcohol. Flammable gases like propane are also under this class.
Class C fires involve any energized electrical equipment like computers or appliances.
Class D deals with combustible metals like magnesium, sodium, lithium, and potassium.
Class K fires specifically group liquid fires involving cooking oils and greases.
Types of Extinguishers
You need the right tool for the job, and fire extinguishers are no different. Knowing which extinguisher fights which fires best is essential to stop the fire from spreading or re-igniting.
Water and Foam: To be used for Class A fires only. Never use on Class C fires as it can create a shock hazard!
Carbon Dioxide: Can be used for Class B and Class C.
Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical: For use on Class A, B, and C fires. This is the most widely used type of extinguisher.
Ordinary Dry Chemical: For Class B and C fires only. Using an ordinary dry chemical extinguisher on a Class A fire can cause it to re-ignite even if it appears to be fully out.
Wet Chemical: For Class K fires and some Class A fires. These were developed specifically for cooking incidents.
Clean Agent/Halogenated: Effective for Class A, B, and C, though smaller clean agent extinguishers may not be rated for Class A fires.
Dry Powder: Similar to dry chemical, but for Class D fires only.
Water Mist: For use with Class A or C fires where contamination is a concern.
Multi-Purpose Cartridge Operated Dry Chemical: Similar to regular dry chemical extinguishers and can tackle Class A, B, and C fires.
Ordinary Cartridge Operated Dry Chemical: For Class B and C only.
Remember that a portable fire extinguisher is only meant to put out a fire of limited size. If you feel that you are in danger or are not confident in using equipment, leave the area and call 911.
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Looking for a Great Holiday Gift Idea? Give Your Family a Fire Safety Plan
Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist highlights the difference between fire prevention planning with fire safety planning
The holidays are approaching and many families are finalizing plans for elaborate meals, get-togethers with friends, and decorating with festive lights. Amidst all this planning, Antonio Senese of SERVPRO® of The Windsors reminds homeowners that they may be overlooking the most important plan they can make—a fire safety plan.
“Each year, statistics show the incidence of home cooking and candle fires peaks during the holiday season. This tends to focus homeowners on fire prevention precautions—and that’s a good thing,” said Senese. “But to truly protect your family from the dangers of a home fire, at the holidays and throughout the year, you need to start with a fire safety plan. Developing a fire safety plan and practicing it regularly with your family is the most important step you can take to help prevent a house fire from turning into a devastating tragedy.”
SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and their disaster response professionals know from experience how devastating a home fire can be. They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no “remediation” possible. This is why SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.
Senese encourages all CT homeowners to follow these fire safety guidelines, developed by the ARC through their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, to help minimize injury or loss of life due to a residential fire.
- Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
- Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
- Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
- Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
- Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire” to alert everyone they must get out.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
- Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
“Fire prevention and fire safety planning are two very different things,” said Senese. “Fire prevention planning helps control or eliminate the causes of a fire. Fire safety planning helps prevent injury and loss of life when a fire does break out. To protect your family and your property, you need both.” For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of The Windsors , please contact Antonio Senese at 860-627-0763 or www.SERVPROthewindsors.com
This picture shows an actual house fire in Windsor, CT. that SERVPRO of The Windsors is helping the homeowner with.
SERVPRO is a proud partner with the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is a great program that continuously responds to disasters and emergencies. This October we continue our partnership to help families prevent, prepare for, and recover from disasters. The “Red Cross and the community partners have already saved at least 111 lives, and have made at-risk communities from coast-to-coast stronger and safer by installing more than 473,000 smoke alarms, replacing more than 32,000 batteries and creating nearly 170,000 escape plans."
When thinking about fire safety there are some alarming statistics. Did you know that home fires are actually the majority of the disasters that occur? On average, 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day. Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year due to home fires. 52% of parents with children ages 3-17 have not talked to their families about fire safety and
Fire prevention week is October 9th-15th this year, this is a great time to inspect your home and prepare you family for a potential fire. Here are the three things you can do to protect your family:
- Check your smoke alarms regularly
- Practice fire drills at home
- Route an escape plan
While we hope for the best, we have to prepare for the worst. While we want all the member of our community to be safe, should disaster strike we are #heretohelp!
Here to Help!
This picture shows the exterior of a home our company helped to rebuild after a fire in South Windsor, CT
Fires are especially devastating. After a fire, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. We understand this is a difficult time.
We’re here to help.
We can help alleviate the stress of the claims process. SERVPRO of The Windsors has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience. We are the leader in the restoration industry and our professionals are available 24/7. As a national brand we have relationships with most insurance companies to ensure you receive excellent service.
Beginning with a thorough assessment of your home and belongings to negotiating with your insurance company, to completing the rebuild of your home we can guide you through the claims process. SERVPRO of The Windsors is a comprehensive company, our services include:
After being in the industry for over 30 years and personally experiencing a fire loss, I understand the stress and hardships of suffering from a fire. If any questions or obstacles arise I am available to assist in any way possible. I have included my direct number below; please feel free to call me directly with any questions or to schedule a no-obligation consultation; I’ll be happy to share my expertise with you.