The Deadliest Ways To Try To Put Out A Fire

When you have a fire, you add water. Problem solved. Sometimes, though, adding water isn’t an option, which is why some fire systems involve adding materials that can decompose into poisons or smother everything in the building.

Source: The Deadliest Ways To Try To Put Out A Fire

Interesting read, but the article doesn’t mention that you use different things to extinguish different sorts of fires.  You don’t pour water to a grease fire…

    • Class A: SOLIDS such as paper, wood, plastic etc
    • Class B: FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS such as paraffin, petrol, oil etc
    • Class C: FLAMMABLE GASES such as propane, butane, methane etc
    • Class D: METALS such as aluminium, magnesium, titanium etc
    • Class E: Fires involving ELECTRICAL APPARATUS
    • Class F: Cooking OIL & FAT etc

The article refers to Halons, but none of the server farms I’ve worked in referred to the system as a plural.  I was told that if the system was triggered, to not panic – just hold your breath as it dropped from the ceiling.  Good times… 🙂