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Fire Extinguishers Stay Educated There are six types of fire extinguishers. Modern extinguishers are all red, in line with European standards, and must have a coloured label on them indicating what type of extinguisher you are using (occasionally you may come across older units that may be identified by their colour), but do not make assumptions, always check the label: There are six types of fire extinguishers. Modern extinguishers are all red, in line with European standards, and must have a coloured label on them indicating what type of extinguisher you are using (occasionally you may come across older units that may be identified by their colour), but do not make assumptions, always check the label: Foam Extinguishers. Used for fires involving burning liquids such as paint and asphalt. They MUST NOT be used on fires involving electrical equipment or oil. Method of Use Do not aim jet straight into the liquid. Where the liquid on fire is in a container, point the jet at a surface nearby the burning liquid. Allow the foam to build up and run across the liquid. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extinguishers. Water Extinguishers. Used for materials such as wood, paper and textiles. They MUST NOT be used on fires involving electrical equipment or burning fat/oil. Method of Use Point the jet at the base of the flames and keep it moving across the area of the fire. Ensure that all areas of the fire are out. 18 | Stay Ahead with Securitas Ireland - April 2019 Normally used on burning liquids such as grease, fats, oil (not chip pan fires) and are safe for use on fires involving electrical equipment. CO2 extinguishers do not have a cooling effect, consequently, they are not recommended for use where there is a high risk or re-ignition. Method of Use Discharge horn should be directed at the base of the flames and the jet kept moving across the area of the fire. Use carbon dioxide