Basel, Switzerland (PressExposure) July 02, 2011 -- Fire extinguishers are one of the most widespread protection measures against the breakout of a fire, however in many cases this protection is rendered ineffective simply because a lot of people lack the proper knowledge on how and when to use which extinguishers.
Recent Fire Department statistics have shown that in urban areas the response time of firefighters ranges from six to twelve minutes. This is fast, but in that time a fire could have spread enough to cause considerable destruction of property, and maybe even the loss of life.
Having a fire extinguisher handy could prevent that from occurring, provided there is someone who knows how to use it. This is exactly what the newly launched Fire-Extinguisher-Types.com website deals with.
By providing information about the various types of fire extinguishers and which fires they are effective against, this website is educational in a manner that could be potentially life-saving. It covers the three most common types of fire extinguishers, i.e. Air Pressurized Water (APW) fire extinguishers, dry chemical fire extinguishers and carbon dioxide (CO2) extinguishers, and describes which types of fires each can be used to combat.
"People assume that just because they have a fire extinguisher sitting in a corner somewhere they can pick it up and use it against any and every fire. This is not necessarily the case," said Tom Bridges, the website owner. "When people come to our website and learn about the different types of fire extinguishers and what fires they can be used on, it might actually end up saving a life."
Fire-Extinguisher-Types.com also goes over the types of fire extinguishers that should not be used on certain fires. This includes cases where using the wrong type of fire extinguisher could potentially make things a lot worse and even endanger the user.
It even recommends the types of fire extinguishers that should be kept around based on the circumstances and environment.
By correcting most of the misunderstandings and misconceptions that people have about fire extinguishers and the protection they provide, Fire-Extinguisher-Types.com is able to ensure that its readers are well equipped to act in case of a fire.
Jeff Shrives from Chicago, Illinois was surprised to find out how much he didn't know about fire extinguishers.
"I had always just assumed that the fire extinguisher I had in my home would help me fight any fire. After stumbling across Fire-Extinguisher-Types.com I checked it and saw that it was an APW extinguisher that was only really effective against one type of fire and could actually make grease fires worse. Needless to say, I immediately went back and ordered a dry chemical extinguisher instead, but I dread to think what would have happened if there had actually been a fire before I learnt about all of this."