In our modern world, our activities may seem limitless. Our lives are made easier by the use of technology. Because of this, we deal with something electronic everyday and it seems like we cannot live our lives comfortably without it. We use washing machines, flat irons, microwave oven, computers and many others to perform our daily tasks. Of course, there are still who are old fashioned but no doubt they will still use electricity to light up their homes.
The irony of it all is that despite the rise of these technologies, more and more people have become fire victims because of lack knowledge in the safety use of the device. You might have been one of those who uses out right a certain device but bet you have not read the prints enclosed with the device. Well, we seldom do this especially when we are over familiar with the product. Moreover, accidents happen from unawareness of these facts and one of it is fire outbreak.
Different fire organizations have established outlines on how to fight fire in cases that this happen. Since most of the time, we deal with gadgets, electrical fires is a common risk to every person. It is good to keep a fire-suppressing device at all times that can put a stop to fire when it arises. However, we are also made to be aware that fighting small fires is not as simple as throwing water. We should know the different fire extinguishers types before using these devices.
Now, what are the devices that we can use to fight electronic fire and the other types, which you cannot use for this case? Below is a simple list of the devices.
- Water- it is not just any water but it is pressurized. This is not ideal for electronic fires. You can put yourself at risk for electrocution. This can only be used in ordinary materials that are combustible like papers, wood and other organic materials.
- Foams- look like bubbles and they are frothy. This is still not ideal for electronic fires as they have water component. There is still a great risk of electrocution plus damage of other electronic device that becomes collateral in the process of stopping the fire.
- Carbon Dioxide- This is in a form of gas. This can be used for electronic fires. It considered as a clean agent because it does not leave any harmful residues. They just disappear in the air after being released.
- Powder Based- this device uses different kinds of powdered chemical to stop fire. This can also be used in stopping fire of electronic source. The only downside of this is health risks. Inhaling the powder used may cause problems to human body.
You should know about these fire extinguishers types. As mentioned a while ago, fighting fire is not easy. It involves a process and thorough knowledge in using the devices for it. As for electronics, even though it can be our best friend, still we need to be extra care in using them.