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Fire Damage Restoration in Hackensack, NJ and the Role of Fire Extinguishers in Controlling Fires Until Fire Fighters Arrive

July 13th, 2016 · No Comments

Fires often result in large scale damage to property and leave your home in complete disarray. In such situations the most suitable thing to do is hire a professional firm to take up the task of fire damage restoration in Hackensack, NJ and throughout northern New Jersey so further problems resulting from smoke (bad odors), soot (permanent staining and damage to things) and water (mold problem, damage to wooden furniture and structures) can be reduced.

In this context we want to highlight the importance of fire extinguishers and how they can be quite helpful and give you some extra time until the fire fighters arrive at your home. In the following sections we’ll review some of the details about fire extinguishers:

  • Benefits of fire extinguishers
  • How they function
  • Which type of extinguisher to use

Benefits of Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are pressurized devices which release water or chemicals to put out a fire. The benefit of fire extinguishers is that they help in preventing the spread of small fires and help you fight fires until the fire department reaches your home.

How do Fire Extinguishers Function?

Fire is a chemical reaction which requires heat, oxygen, and fuel. Fire extinguishers release an agent which removes/restricts the oxygen source or cools off the burning fuel to prevent the fire from burning.

Which Type of Fire Extinguisher Should You Use?

There are different types of fire extinguishers to be used for different types of fires:

  • Class A Fires: These fires are normally fueled by ordinary combustibles like paper, plastics, wood, upholstery, cloth, and similar materials. For a Class A fire you need to make use of a dry chemical or water extinguisher.
  • Class B Fires: Class B fires are generally caused and fueled by flammable gases and liquids like paint, gasoline, kitchen greases, kerosene, and oil. In such situations you need to utilize a carbon dioxide or dry chemical fire extinguisher. Do not use water to extinguish this type of fire as it can cause it to flare up and/or spread.
  • Class C Fires: These fires are caused by live wires or other electrical equipment and require a carbon dioxide or dry chemical fire extinguisher is to be used. When faced with a Class C fire, if possible, you should try to turn off the electrical supply before attempting to extinguish the fire. As soon as the power is turned off, the fire becomes a Class B fire. Similar to Class B fires, you need to avoid the use of water.

If your home has recently been damaged by a fire and you are looking for assistance in fire damage restoration in Hackensack, NJ, and across northern New Jersey contact the professionals at ServiceMaster Metropolitan. We have years of experience in performing fire damage restoration and utilize the required equipment, products, and techniques to ensure everything is restored to the way it was before the fire.

Call us at 1-855-560-7999 and our experts will immediately reach your home to analyze the situation and create a plan of action for performing the necessary restoration tasks.


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