There are many different types of firefighting equipment. Some of this equipment can be used by anyone, while others must be operated by a member of the fire brigade.
Here is an overview of the different types of firefighting equipment that are currently available.
You should always be aware of the dangers of the incorrect use of firefighting equipment. This is true for all firefighting equipment, including fire extinguishers.
A fire extinguisher should never be used to prop open a door. It should always be fixed to the wall, and it should be checked monthly by a service technician.
Most modern fire extinguishers are developed to deal with many different fire scenarios. Fire extinguishers can be filled with powder, water additive, foam, or carbon dioxide.
When choosing a fire extinguisher, be sure to pick one that will fight the fires that are most likely to develop in your business or home.
The fire hose reel lets out a powerful stream of water that extinguishes large fires. The hoses usually come in a fire hose reel, which holds 30 metres of tubing.
This makes the hose easy to unravel so a fire can be fought quickly. Fire brigades can also attach different nozzles to the end of the hose to fight a variety of fire situations.
A fire hose is one of the standard types of firefighting equipment, and it is effective against even the largest fires.
A fire bucket is considered the simplest piece of firefighting equipment, but still serves a purpose. The standard red bucket has the word ‘Fire’ written on it and it is made of metal or plastic.
It can be filled with water or you can fill it with a flame smothering powder like Flamezorb.To use, dump the bucket over the fire and keep repeating the process until the fire is out.
Fire and Welding Blankets
Fire blankets are used to smother small fires that start in the workplace or at home. Economy fire blankets or white kitchen blankets are a good choice for a small kitchen or for a caravan.
A larger workshop or restaurant kitchen should have a 1.2m x 1.2m blanket in case of emergencies.
If you work in a commercial kitchen or in a place that stores flammable liquids, you’ll want the large 1.8m x 1.75m fire blanket. These blankets have a special pull tab that allows you to open them quickly.
Welding blankets are used to protect welders from sparks and splatter. These blankets come in three different weights and sizes.
Flamezorb is a powder that effectively smothers fires. It’s non-toxic and easy to clean up. Each bag of Flamezorb has enough powder to fill a ten-litre fire bucket.
If you work in an area like a garage forecourt where this is a high potential for spillage, Flamezorb is good to have around.
Using Firefighting Equipment
It’s important to have fire safety equipment at hand both at home and at work. You never know when a fire is going to start, and so having a fire bucket, fire blanket, or fire extinguisher could save your life.
It’s also important to remember that things like a fire hose, firefighting foam Equipment, and dry risers can only be used by trained members of a fire brigade.
The different types of firefighting equipment are all important to have around in case of emergencies.