Imagine what fire safety systems are like on rockets heading into space. We’re inventing new tech regularly, yet it’s hard to beat ancient relics. Everyone should have a carbon dioxide extinguisher in their cupboard.
It helps in homes, offices, and factories all over the world. Let’s look at some of the main benefits you’ll appreciate. If you have access to a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher, you should learn how to use it properly.
1. It's Great For Electrical Fires
A carbon dioxide extinguisher will help people with lots of computer equipment because it doesn’t damage delicate electronics. You’ll feel safe spraying it into a server room full of expensive computers at work.
Electronics are the first thing you’ll grab if you need to leave the house in an emergency, but now you’ll have a real chance to save them. Don’t bother using the extinguisher outside because it’s not good enough.
2. Putting Out Other Kinds Of Fires
You’re not limited to electrical fires when using a carbon dioxide extinguisher. It’s good with flammable liquids like tars and solvents. Artists will find it easy to put out fires burning through oil-based paints.
Just don’t use carbon dioxide anywhere near a kitchen. The gas sprays out at high speeds, so it’s bad spraying it on cooking fires. If it spreads, the flames will make everything a hundred times worse.
3. Average Spray Distance Is Limited
You won’t be able to fight any big fires using a CO2 extinguisher. It will only hit objects from three meters away, which is half the distance of multipurpose dry chemical extinguishers. You’ll get close enough to put small fires out.
The small average spray distance is a good thing because you won’t try to fight anything too dangerous. You’ll achieve maximum results if you spray it horizontally, but be very careful because it comes out fast.
4. It Doesn't Leave Residue Behind
Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers work by eliminating oxygen from the air around the fire, so it can’t keep burning. It will disappear into the air once your fire is gone, so nobody will realize it’s been used.
It’s used on electronics because it doesn’t leave a nasty residue behind. The components inside your gadgets would be ruined if sprayed with water, foam, or powder, plus it would leave a giant mess in your home.
5. It Won't Destroy Your Nice Skin
You should avoid getting carbon dioxide on your skin because it can produce serious damage. Temperatures reach levels low enough to produce frostbite, so you need to be careful handling the extinguisher.
Just don’t be scared of the CO2 device because it’s unlikely you’ll hurt yourself during a fire. If you end up injured while using the tool, it’s likely because you were messing around without following the instructions.
It's Still A Quality Tool
Carbon dioxide extinguishers might be old today, but they’re still useful tools to keep at home (or in the office). It’s easier to protect electronic devices, but don’t forget to get the device checked yearly.