Date: 3/23/2017 9:15 AM EDT
It is important to understand that different types of fires are produced from different types of fuels. This is why there are different types of fire extinguishers. Choosing the correct fire extinguisher is essential for successfully putting out a fire. I will give a breakdown of different fire extinguishers available but you should remember that the best way to learn about fire extinguishers, fires, and proper fire extinguisher use is to participate in a fire safety course like the ones offered by Firesafe Equipment.
Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers (ABC) are multi-purpose fire extinguishers. They are also the most commonly used fire extinguishers. They can be used to put out fires that consist of paper, wood, electronics, and trash. In order to put out a fire, a light yellow chemical called mono-ammonium phosphate is used.
A Purple K Dry Chemical Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers (BC) is used for class B and C fires involving flammable liquids that are high risk. This is a good fire extinguisher to have handy if you are working with gas, oil, or other like chemicals.
Regular dry chemical fire extinguishers (BC), like Purple K Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers, can also be used on flammable liquids. They can also be used to extinguish electrical equipment.
A Halotron 1 Fire Extinguisher (ABC/Varying sizes) is a good one to use when trying to extinguish a fire involving electrical equipment. The reason is because it does not leave behind any type of residue. It discharges as a liquid before quickly evaporating. It is also considered to be environmentally friendly. It is not suggested to be used in situations where there is not electrical equipment.