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Regardless of the industry fire is a major hazard for all. Fire extinguishers can greatly reduce the risk of a fire escalating, but if used incorrectly they could potentially increase the risk of injury, the size and outcome of the situation.
Training is vital when it comes to the use of fire extinguishers as the use of the wrong extinguisher in the wrong way could lead to disaster!
Before using an extinguisher it is important to know what is on fire. Fires can by classed into different groups.
The following are the different classes of fire:
There are three things vital for a fire to survive. They are Fuel, Heat and Oxygen this is known as the fire triangle. Fire extinguishers are designed to remove one or more of these factors.
There are five different types of fire extinguisher:
Fire extinguishers should only be used if it is safe to do so and if your are trained on the use of fire extinguishers.
Phoenix Safety offer a wide range of fire safety courses which include a fire extinguisher demonstration, contact email@example.com or (01) 4730550 for more details.