Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers in Houston, TX


What Are Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers Used For?

Dry chemical fire extinguishers come in a wide variety of extinguishant materials and are typically suitable for either Class A, B, and C fires or Class B and C only.

The most important thing to look at when buying a dry chemical fire extinguisher is the class of fire that the extinguisher is designed for. The different fire classifications are:

  • Class A – wood, cloth, paper, plastic, etc.
  • Class B – flammable liquids like gasoline
  • Class C – electrical fires for wiring and appliances

If you need to install or replace dry chemical fire extinguishers in your Houston area building or property, call Kauffman Co. today at (713) 893-1090!

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Types of Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers

Dry chemical fire extinguishers are filled with foam and pressurized with nitrogen along with various types of dry chemicals. Some of the different types of dry chemical fire extinguishers include are:

Monoammonium phosphate fire extinguishers

Also called ABC or multi-purpose fire extinguishers, monoammonium phosphate extinguishers are capable of extinguishing Class A, B, and C fires.

Sodium bicarbonate fire extinguishers

One of the most common dry chemical fire extinguishing materials, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can be used on class B and C fires and was the first dry chemical agent ever developed. The way sodium bicarbonate works is by releasing a cloud of carbon dioxide that smothers the fire, depriving it of oxygen and breaking the chemical reaction required for the fire to sustain itself.

It’s not suitable for Class A fires because it does not reduce heat from the fire, meaning it doesn’t prevent burning materials from reflashing.

Potassium bicarbonate (Purple-K) fire extinguishers

Purple-K is used to put out Class B and C fires. With twice the extinguishing effectiveness of sodium bicarbonate, Purple-K is preferred by the oil and gas industry and is the only dry chemical agent certified for use in ARFF (Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting).

Potassium bicarbonate and urea complex(Monnex/Powerex) fire extinguishers

Monnex is commonly used on Class B and C fires. More effective than any other dry chemical powder due to its ability to break into smaller particles in the flame zone, it’s able to create a larger surface area for fire suppression.

Note: Dry chemical fire extinguishers leave behind a sometimes corrosive powder and therefore must be cleaned up after the area has been deemed safe by the fire department.

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