As you probably already know, there are different types of fires and different types of fire extinguishers as well. Each type has its purpose, and each type works on specific fires best, which is something you should know in case something happens in your office or in your home. This time we’re going to talk about carbon dioxide fire extinguishers.
When we are talking about CO2 fire extinguishers, you should know that this is pure carbon dioxide that is being used, and it leaves no residue. This type of extinguisher is used for class B fires, which include oil, petrol, or solvents, and you can also use it for electrical fires. This is, of course, the case because you can’t use water or foam ones with wiring. When you use this type of fire extinguisher, the gas that is being released from it will spread, however, the range is not very big.
The good thing about using these for electrical fires is that they don’t leave any residue, which means that you won’t have any damage to your appliances and in some cases, if the fire is smaller, you will just be able to replace certain damaged parts. Other fire extinguishers can cause corrosion or damage your expensive electronic equipment. You should be very careful about how you use CO2 fire extinguishers because this is a gas that can cause frostbite. It is very cold, which allows it to cool down the electronics and wiring, however, this is an extremely cold temperature for your skin, which is why you should avoid contact.
Electrical fires which use this type of fire extinguisher are pretty common in residential homes. This is why you should know how to use them correctly and you should have one at your hand at all times.