There are different types of fire extinguishers are used to put out different kinds of fires and it depends upon what kind of material is caught on fire. To put out an electrical fire a Class C fire extinguisher is used.
When such kind of fire occurs the source of electricity must be identified and shut off immediately since electrical fire escalates quickly and also there is a high risk of another fire accident from the same source again.
Here are some power sources listed that are directly related to electrical fires:
⦁ Faulty wiring
⦁ Overloaded devices
⦁ A short circuit
⦁ Power cord damage
⦁ Overloaded electrical outlets
⦁ Improperly installed light fixtures
⦁ Fire Extinguisher Classes for Electrical Fires
Electrical fires need to be put out by a substance that is non-conductive. Class A fire extinguisher contains substances that are good conductors of electricity like water or foam. Never attempts to put out an electrical fire with water as it can lead to one being electrocuted. Class C fire extinguishers contain mono ammonium phosphate, potassium chloride, or potassium bicarbonate. An alternative option would be a class C extinguisher that contains carbon dioxide. As CO2 is great for suppressing fires bu cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire thus resulting in diminishes the fire’s heat since the CO2 is cold when expelled from the extinguisher.
Remember to also keep a class A fire extinguisher on hand or another type depending on what other flammable substances are around just in case the fire spreads to something else.
One of the best ways to prevent these electrical fires is to have a trained professional come in to complete electrical work when needed rather than doing it alone and without the proper information. Also, regular inspections by professional electrical contractors on objects requiring electricity to function as well as annual inspections on the fire extinguishers themselves are necessary.
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