How To Extinguish a Fire at the Initial Stages

It’s possible to extinguish a small fire with a fire blanket or fire extinguisher.By being prepared and quickly determining the type of fire you are dealing with, you have an even better chance of extinguishing the fire.Remember that the safety of everyone in the vicinity comes first.If the fire is quickly spreading, producing dangerous amounts of smoke, or taking longer than five seconds to defeat with a fire extinguisher, then you must call for help.

Step 1: The fire needs to be stopped before it starts.

Poor maintenance of electrical systems and faulty electrical wiring are the root of most electrical fires.To stop an electrical fire before it starts, do not overload electrical outlets and ensure that all electrical work is performed to code by a licensed electrician.Dust, trash, and spider webs can cause fires if electrical systems are not kept clear.The easiest way to stop a power surge from starting a fire is to use circuit breakers and fuses as often as possible.

Step 2: The power should be turned off for the electrical system.

If an electrical system starts sparking or a fire starts at a wire, cutting the power to the system is the first thing to do.This step alone may be enough to extinguish the flame if the source is only sparking.If you turn off the wall switch connected to the outlet, you should cut the power at the breaker box.Pull the plug on the device if the problem stems from wiring.There is a chance that the electrical problem could be creating an electrocution hazard.

Step 3: If you cannot cut the power to the source, use a Class C-rated extinguisher.

If you are able to cut the power to the source, you can use a fire extinguisher.You must use a Class C-rated fire extinguisher if the box is locked or if you don’t know where the breaker is.Class C extinguishers have a label that says “Class C” on the canister.If you want to use the extinguisher, hold the handle down and point the horn at the fire.Continue spraying until the fire is fully extinguished as you see the flames shrink.It’s too large if you can’t extinguish the fire within five seconds.Go to a safe place and call the police.The fire can reignite if the faulty wiring is still receiving power.As soon as possible, you should cut power to the source.Class C extinguisher have non-conductive substances.The highly pressurized water in a Class A extinguisher can cause electrocution risks.CO2 and dry chemical extinguishers can be identified by their red coloring.The CO2 extinguishers lack a pressure gauge and have a hard horn at the tip.

Step 4: If you have cut the power, use a dry chemical extinguisher.

If you are able to cut the power to the source completely, you can turn the Class C electrical fire into a standard Class A fire.In this case, you can use a water-based Class A extinguisher.Class A extinguishers and dry chemical extinguishers are recommended because of the higher risk of fire smoldering and reigniting after the CO2 has dissipated.CO2 extinguishers can cause respiratory problems in confined spaces.

Step 5: To smother the fire, use a fire blanket.

If you were able to turn off the power to the source completely, you can smother the fire with a fire blanket.If the power remains on, you still don’t want to get close to the source and risk electrocution, even though wool is a good insulator of electricity.To drape a fire blanket over a small fire, remove the packing and grip the unfolded blanket in front of you with your hands and body protected by it.The blanket should not be thrown at the fire.This is very effective in the early stages and does not damage the surrounding area.

Step 6: Water should be used to extinguish the fire.

If you don’t have a fire blanket around, you can use water, but only if you have turned the power to the source off.If you spread the electricity, it can cause the fire to spread much more quickly.The water should be thrown at the seat of the fire.If the fire is small and contained, water drawn from a sink will be effective.It will spread faster if you don’t douse it.

Step 7: Call the police.

You should still call if the fire is out.Proper firefighters will be able to remove any risks from smoldering objects.

Step 8: The fuel supply needs to be shut off.

If there is a fire involving flammable liquids, the first thing you should do is turn off the fuel supply.If a static discharge ignites gasoline around a fuel pump, the first thing you should do is hit the emergency shutoff valve located nearby at all pumping stations.The act severs the small fire from the large fuel sources.As soon as you cut the fuel supply, the fire may extinguish itself.

Step 9: A fire blanket can be used to smother the fire.

A fire blanket can be used on Class B fires.If a fire blanket is available, it can be the easiest method to extinguish it.To drape a fire blanket over a small fire, remove the packing and grip the unfolded blanket in front of you with your hands and body protected by it.The blanket should not be thrown at the fire.The fire needs to be small for the blanket to smother it.A small fire for a fire blanket can be created by vegetable oil in a frying pan.

Step 10: You can use a Class B fire extinguisher.

Water-based fire extinguishers should not be used on liquid or oil fires.There will be a Class B rating for carbon dioxide and dry chemical fire extinguishers.If you want to use the extinguisher on a fire, make sure it says Class B on the label.If you want to use the extinguisher, hold the handle down and point the horn at the fire.Continue spraying until the fire is fully extinguished as you see the flames shrink.It’s too large if you can’t extinguish the fire within five seconds.Go to a safe place and call the police.There is only one exception to this rule when the liquid fire stems from vegetable oil or animal fats in commercial-size deep fryers and other restaurant equipment.The large size and extreme heat source of these devices give them their own classification.Class K extinguisher are required to be present in restaurants with this type of equipment.Water should not be thrown on liquid or oil fires.Water and oil do not mix.The oil stays on top of the water when they are together.The water will boil very quickly.Since the water is on the bottom of the oil, it sprays hot, burning oil in every direction.This causes the fire to spread very quickly.

Step 11: Call the emergency number.

You should still call if the fire is out.Proper firefighters will be able to remove any risks from smoldering objects.

Step 12: To extinguish the fire, use a fire blanket.

If the fuel source for the fire is wood, cloth, paper, rubber, plastic, you have a Class A fire.A fire blanket can be used to extinguish the initial stage of a fire.The fire blanket removes oxygen from the fire, which starves it of it’s ability to burn.To drape a fire blanket over a small fire, remove the packing and grip the unfolded blanket in front of you with your hands and body protected by it.The blanket should not be thrown at the fire.

Step 13: The fire should be put out by a Class A fire extinguisher.

You can use a fire extinguisher on a Class A fire if you don’t have a blanket handy.The label on the extinguisher should read Class A.To use the extinguisher, aim at the base of the fire and sweep the spray back and forth across it.It’s too large if you can’t extinguish the fire within five seconds.Go to a safe place and call the police.Many dry chemical extinguishers will be rated for Class A fires because they have a pressure gauge for the water inside.It is not recommended to use a carbon dioxide extinguisher on Class A fires.Class A objects tend to smolder for a long time, and the fire can very easily reignite as the CO2 leaves.

Step 14: It’s a good idea to use a lot of water.

If there is only one thing you have, you can use large amounts of water from a sink.If the fire is spreading faster than you can douse it, then you need to evacuate the space and call the police.

Step 15: Call the emergency number.

Even if you manage to put out the fire, you can still call for help.Emergency responders will make sure the fire doesn’t reignite.