DCP Fire Extinguishers
DCP Fire extinguishers have saved countless lives and helped put out many fires. Every fire is different, with different hazards that require specific types of protection. That’s why DCP Fire Protection provides a wide range of products, including water-based fire extinguishers, foam-based fire extinguishers, gas-driven or CO2-driven models, Halotron portable units, and more. DCP products can be used on Class A, B, and C fires, and DCP has models to meet virtually any emergency, from kitchen grease fires to electrical equipment fires.
DCP fire protection equipment is built tough to provide years of reliable service. DCP fire extinguisher systems provide the perfect solutions for engine compartments on gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles including cars, trucks, buses, railcars, and marine craft.
DCP stands for Dry Chemical Powder, DCP fire extinguishers are available as a dry chemical powder or liquid formulation. They utilize a diatomaceous earth-based dry chemical that is mixed with petroleum or vegetable oil. DCP fire extinguishers are ideal for multi-purpose applications in commercial kitchens, manufacturing plants, warehouses, and any other environment where flammable liquid or gas fires pose a hazard.
Dry Chemical Powder fire extinguishers are available in 6, 12, 18, and 25 lb. DCP fire extinguisher models can provide up to 36, 54, 72, or 90 seconds of protection for Class A fires.
DCP fire extinguishers are the most reliable firefighting tool which meets all over Europe regulations. DCP produces several types of portable devices that can be used for particular circumstances or emergencies. DCP has created an extensive product portfolio to meet different security threats caused by fires in order to provide maximum safety for people and objects. DCP fire extinguishers protect from fire spread thanks to the efficient flame retardant powder.
Benefits of using a DCP fire extinguisher
A DCP fire extinguisher is a high-pressure industrial-strength device that can be used to put out fires of any size. The benefits of using a DCP fire extinguisher are that it provides 15-40 minutes of protection, won’t cause secondary damage, and will not corrode or rust equipment. It also has no effect on flammable liquids or gases which make it ideal for use in hazardous locations.
Industrial fires need to be identified and addressed as quickly as possible. It is easy to assume that these types of fires do not affect the public due to their location, but this isn’t always the case. DCP fire extinguishing systems are designed specifically for high-risk areas where sparks or flames can cause extensive damage.
Using a DCP fire extinguisher allows you to target the area of the fire without affecting objects around it. DCP is environmentally friendly and does not leave harmful residue, which makes it ideal for use in sensitive areas such as clean rooms where there is special equipment. The high pressure delivered by a DCP unit can extinguish a fire quickly without the need for a two-step process or additional extinguishing agents.
DCP fire extinguishers are made of the highest quality materials and are designed to protect against corrosion, rusting, or other elements that can damage equipment. They are also easy to handle, operate and maintain because they do not require pressurized gas cylinders or an external power supply. A DCP fire extinguisher is highly efficient and can be applied to fire from any angle.
How DCP fire Extinguishers Work
DCP fire extinguishers, also known as dry chemical powder extinguishers, are great for fighting fires. The dry chemical powder used in these types of fire extinguishers can put out a small flame to smother the remaining flames by cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire. This type of fire extinguisher is perfect for homes and offices because it’s lightweight and easy to use.
DCP fire extinguishers work by directing a one-time sprayed mist of dry chemical powder at a small fire. The powder coats the fire and suffocates it, preventing re-ignition. In order to use a DCP fire extinguisher on your boat, you must first pull the safety pin from the top of the cylinder and aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Some DCP cylinders are not labeled to indicate which way they should be turned in order to spray, so you may have to experiment with one valve before using it on fire.
Once you have sprayed for several sweeps of your hand below the level of the fire, pull back away from the flames and check to see if you have successfully put out the fire. If it is still burning, re-aim your DCP cylinder and continue spraying for a few more sweeps. When the fire has been fully extinguished, replace the safety pin back into the top of the extinguisher to prevent accidental discharge. If you are unable to aim your DCP because your boat is rocking in choppy water, wait for the movement of the boat to stop before attempting to spray.
Most DCP fire extinguishers require the user to shake, then squeeze the handle before pressing it against an area that is on fire. When you push this type of fire extinguisher against a solid surface, the powder comes out in a cone-shaped spray. This allows for more efficient use because you can cover more ground with one quick application. Once it’s engaged, the powder inside of the extinguisher will start to expand and put out the fire quickly.
This type of fire extinguisher is not recommended for people who are allergic to dust or chemicals. It starts working by turning the powder into a gas, and it can irritate your nasal passages. If you’re using this type of fire extinguisher and the dust starts to bother you or makes you feel short of breath, get out immediately and move to an area with fresh air.
This type of fire extinguisher is best used on electrical fires because it doesn’t contain anything that might cause an electrical fire to spread like water could. DCP extinguishers are also highly effective against wood and paper fires.
Chemical Composition of DCP Fire Extinguisher
The chemical composition of a fire extinguisher is extremely important. It determines what type of fires the extinguisher can put out and whether or not it will be safe for you to use in your home.
First, all chemical fires have three components: fuel, oxygen, and heat. Chemical fires require all three components to burn continuously. A chemical extinguisher removes one of these elements from the fire triangle. By removing any of these components, the fire is effectively extinguished.
- The standard or ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher uses mono ammonium phosphate to smother small fires.
Mono Ammonium Phosphate
The chemical formula is NH4 H2 PO4. The chemical class is the chemical base. Appearance is white powder or crystals.
By removing heat from the fire, the phosphate melts and forms a blanket over the fuel. When the mono ammonium phosphate comes in contact with heat, it breaks apart and releases nitrogen gas to smother the fire.
Ammonium phosphate is only effective when dealing with ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, or fabric. Mono ammonium phosphate is not effective against chemical fires since they require all three components of the fire triangle to burn.
- In the event of a chemical fire, an extinguisher containing potassium chloride or sodium bicarbonate should be used. Chemical formulas for these two extinguishers are KCl and NaHCO3 respectively. The chemical class is salt. Appearance is white powder or crystals for both chemicals.
The chemical formula is KCl. The chemical class is salt. Appearance is white powder or crystals.
Chemical formula is NaHCO3. The chemical class is salt. Appearance is white powder or crystals.
Both potassium chloride and sodium bicarbonate are able to smother chemical fires by removing the heat from the fire triangle without leaving harmful residues.
Fire extinguishers can also be halon gas discharged fire extinguishers, which use the element fluorine to smother a fire by chemically disrupting combustion. Chemical formulas for these extinguisher types are CF2Cl2 and HFC-227ea. The chemical class is halogen. Appearance is a clear liquid for both chemicals.
CF2Cl2 Chemical formula is CCl2F2. The chemical class is halogen. Appearance is a clear liquid.
HFC-227ea Chemical formula is CF3CHFCF3. Chemical Class is chlorofluroalkane. Appearance is clear, colorless liquid.
Halon gas cylinders require a pressure of at least 500 psi for the gases to be effective. If the pressure falls below 500 psi, the cylinder will not discharge. Although halon is safe for people to breathe in small quantities, it is toxic when exposed to high concentrations so it should be used with caution. When using a fire extinguisher, remember that most have a limited lifespan of only about five years. Chemical components can degrade over time particularly if the extinguisher is not stored properly.
In conclusion, when it comes to fire safety you must always have at least one chemical dry chemical, potassium chloride or sodium bicarbonate on hand.