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Fire Extingishers Color Codes Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Fire Exting­ishers

Exstin­gisher Type and Color Labels

WATER (Red)
Use on Wood, Paper or Textile fires
Do not use on electrical fires
Do not flammable liquid fires

DRY POWDER (Blue)
Use on Wood, Paper and Textile fires
Use on Flammable Liquid Fires
Use on Gaseous Fires
Use on Electrical Fires

AFFF FOAM (Egg)
Use on Wood, Paper or Textile fires
Use on Flammable Liquid Fires
Do not use on live electrical equipment
Do not use on metal fires

CO2 CARBON DIOXIDE (Black)
Use on Flammable Liquid Fires
Use on Electrical Fires
Ventilate after use
Do not use on wood, paper or textile fires.
Do not use on metal fires
Avoid use in a confined space
Do not hold horn when operating

VAPOUR­IZING LIQUIDS (Green)
Use on Wood, Paper or Textile fires
Use on Flammable Liquids
Use on Gaseous Fires
Use on Live Electrical Equipment

WET CHEMICAL (Yellow)
Use on Wood, Paper or Textile fires
Use on Cooking Oils and Deep Fat Fires
Do not use on electrical fires
Do not use on flammable liquid fires
Do not use on gases
 

How To Use A Fire Exting­uisher

The Pin
You would be amazed at just how many people do not know how to use a fire exting­uisher, and that includes pulling the pin out. The pin is located at the handle and stops the exting­uisher going off accide­ntally. In the event of a fire, just pull it out and you’re good to go.

The Base
Point the exting­uisher into the flames isn’t going to have any real effect. What’s more, it can actually cause more harm than good, as it can spread flames and exacerbate an already dangerous situation. Point at the base of the fire as this is the source. Remember, your objective is to stop the fire and not just control it and this can only be achieved effect­ively by aiming at the base and stopping the fire where it is starting.

Sideways Motions
All that remains to do is to swing the exting­uisher from left to right and back to target as much of the area as possible, as this is the most effective way to deal with the fire.

The Cardinal Rule Of Safety

When it comes to fires the single most important thing to remember is safety. You should only tackle a blaze if you’re certain that is completely safe to do so. At the first sign of danger, you proceed directly to a fire exit and leave the fire brigade to do the job as they are the profes­sio­nals.

Employers should also make sure that they perform regular drills so that everyone know the procedures and are well versed in how to carry it out, perform head counts and ensure everyone is clear of the danger area. Having proper drills in place and ensuring that those who can tackle a fire, know the difference between exting­uishers can mean the difference between life and death.

Classes of Fires