How to Clean Up After Using a Fire Extinguisher

Imagine this: you’re working at your desk when a spark jumps from an electrical outlet into your trash can, setting it ablaze. You jump up, grab a fire extinguisher and unload it like Arnold at the end of Predator. When the extinguisher is empty, you stand there, triumphant, reflecting on the disaster that you just prevented. Then suddenly, something clicks in your head and you realize that you’ve just sprayed mildly corrosive chemicals all over your office and need to clean it up right away!

Since the extinguishing material in most Houston fire extinguishers is a dry chemical, the first thing you should do is grab a vacuum cleaner and clean up as much of it as possible. The extinguishant is kind of like sand, so you should be able to get a lot of it up. If you have thick, shaggy carpet or other difficult areas, including areas with a lot of crevices, you might want to use a strong shop vac. If you don’t have a good vacuum, you can use a broom or rag to sweep up as much loose residue as possible.

Once you have all the loose residue picked up, use a damp rag to scrub up whatever is left. Make sure you keep your hands protected, because the chemical can potentially damage your skin.

If you have a sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate fire extinguisher, you may want to use a vinegar and water solution to clean up stubborn residue.

If you have a foam fire extinguisher, wash the reside away with clean water. The rest of the foam should evaporate after a while.

After the area is all clean, use an air freshening spray to get rid of any remaining odors from the extinguishing agent. Congratulations, you just averted a potentially huge crisis!

Things to Consider When Cleaning Up After a Fire Extinguisher

If you get any of the extinguishant on delicate items, such as artwork, electronics or cooking equipment, you may need to have these professionally cleaned so you don’t damage them with conventional cleaning methods.

Make sure you wear gloves, and eye protectors if you have them. Dry chemical fire extinguishing agents can be corrosive and can damage your skin if the proper precautions are not taken.

Once you’re done cleaning up after using your fire extinguisher, don’t forget to call Kauffman Co immediately for Houston fire extinguisher replacement! You should call for fire extinguisher recharge as soon as possible – if you forget, it could cost you dearly the next time there’s a big fire!

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