Water Fire Extinguisher
Water fire extinguishers are still one of the most used fire extinguisher type.
Water fire extinguisher uses:
• Fires involving flammable solids, such as paper, wood, and textiles (‘class A’ fires)
Do not use water fire extinguishers for:
• Electrical fires – this would be highly dangerous and could result in electrocution
• Fires involving flammable liquids, such as petrol and paint (‘class B fires)
• Fires involving flammable gases, such as methane and butane (‘class C fires)
• Cooking fires involving oil and grease (‘class F fires)
Pros and Cons of water fire extinguishers:
Pros: highly cooling and so puts fires out rapidly; no negative environmental impact.
Cons: only works on one class of fire; dangerous if the water comes into contact with electrical equipment.