Using a Class D Fire Extinguisher for Combustible Metal Fires
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The types of fires that occur vary depending on the ignition source that brings about the conflagration. If you’re going to fight a fire effectively, you need to know the type of fire you’re up against. Once you know this information, you can handle the problem effectively. For instance, Class D fires begin as a result of the ignition of combustible metals such as magnesium, sodium, aluminum, and potassium. A reputable fire equipment and safety services company should be able to give you all the information you need for using a Class D fire extinguisher unit to combat fires effectively.
Regardless of your building or facility, if it contains the presence of these metals in a form in which the ignition of Class D fires are possible, then it is important to have one or more of these fire extinguishers on hand for potential emergencies.
These fires are generated by the metal fines that are produced through machining processes and industrial facilities. Manufacturing, industrial and laboratory facilities must have the proper firefighting equipment on hand to quash these Class D fires effectively.
Quenching Class D Fires
You simply cannot put out a Class D fire effectively without a Class D fire extinguisher. The flames of these fires must be smothered through the suppression of the oxygen that fuels them. This is accomplished through the application of dry powder extinguishing agents that are contained within these fire extinguishers. These agents that can come in sodium chloride granular form or graphite powder form and are able to effectively suppress these dangerous fires.