Where should you use a water fire extinguisher?
Characterised by its red label with white writing, the water fire extinguisher can be used on Class A fires. This means any fires ignited on solids, such as wood, plastic, paper, fixtures and fittings, and soft furnishings. And as most businesses have areas that contain these materials, there are very few locations where a water fire extinguisher won’t be beneficial.
Where shouldn’t you use a water fire extinguisher?
The water fire extinguisher is unsuitable for all other fire types. And, in fact, it can be very dangerous to use them inappropriately. On fires started on flammable gas and liquids, water would be ineffective, and has the potential to disperse the fuels to other areas, creating greater damage and possibly creating hazardous chemical reactions. On cooking oils, their use can be highly dangerous, causing the oil to spit and spread. And if used on an electrical fire, the water could conduct the electricity and lead to electrocution. So, it’s important to know where and when to use these extinguishers.