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GABES Fire Trivia - Part 3

Types of fire extinguishers

There are five common fire extinguishers, each with different characteristics and suitable for different situations.

1. Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher
Extinguishing agent: Carbon dioxide (suffocation method)
- Suitable for combustion of any electrical equipment, flammable liquids (e.g. oil), documents or small fires.
- Carbon dioxide may cause asphyxiation, so go to an open area after use.

2. Water Fire Extinguisher
Extinguishing agent: Water (cooling method)
- Suitable for burning wood, plastic, cotton fabrics and paper.
- Not suitable for electrical equipment, flammable liquids, metal products in combustion.

3. Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher
Extinguishing agent: Dry powder (suffocation method)
- Suitable for most fires, including flammable liquids, metals or electrical equipment in combustion.
- The dry powder sprayed will reduce visibility and make it difficult to identify the direction.

4. Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher
Extinguishing agent: Clean extinguishing agent (cooling method)
- Suitable for electrical equipment, flammable liquids, or documents in combustion.
- Go to an open area after use.

5. Foam Fire Extinguisher
Extinguishing agent: Foam concentrate (isolation method)
- Suitable for flammable liquids in combustion.
- Not suitable for electrical equipment in combustion.