In studies on all fire incidents, they have discovered that most of the fires are not that severe and can be handled easily, that is, if the present of a fire extinguisher is immediately available in the area, as this extinguishing instrument will be a vital first line of defense in quenching out the fire and preventing it from further spreading into other areas of an establishment and causing further damage and destruction. During the fire prevention month, the local fire department and the National Fire Protection Association often emphasizes the fact that the presence of a fire extinguisher has a huge impact towards extinguishing fires and diminishing damages that are caused by fires.
In a significant way, the local fire department has been very successful in campaigning to educate everyone in the community about fire prevention and the importance of fire extinguishers in one’s home and establishment, generally, because it’s much easier advocated through social media through a well-demonstrated video, such that people are now realizing a fire extinguisher’s usefulness, thus small fires are easily stopped. Due to the successful campaign of the fire department on fire prevention and safety, schools and establishments take annual collaboration with the local fire department to introduce fire drills and get people be involved in learning how and when to use fire extinguishers. It is significant to note that fire extinguishers are useful to stop and prevent fires and that they also help the environment from containing the pollution coming from the smoke and burning debris.
Conducting drills, seminars, trainings to the most concerned on how to use effectively fire extinguishers, the fire department makes it a point to educate people on that as well as informing them that there many kinds of fire extinguishers according to where they are effectively useful, such as wet chemical extinguisher, carbon dioxide extinguisher, water fire extinguisher, powder fire extinguisher, and foam extinguisher. One must be careful in using the right kind of fire extinguisher according to the kind of fire caused by a material, that is, wet chemical fire extinguisher is useful to stop fires caused by oil-based substances, while water extinguisher is often used to extinguished burning paper, wood, organic materials. Extinguishing fires that are caused by electrical short circuits or faulty wirings can be effectively stopped using a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher rather than using a water fire extinguisher. While it is a fact that fires that are caused by flammable liquids and solids can be stopped by a foam fire extinguisher, it is limited to just that and that is why the more effective one, the powder fire extinguisher, is often used to stop fires, such as flammable liquids, solids, gases as well as electric fires.