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Just like with a house fire, in order to successfully put out a fire on a boat, you must first identify what type of fire it is. This will help in determining what to use to put out said fire in the quickest time while causing the least amount of damage. Here are the different types of fires that cause marine fire damage.
Class A fires consist of fires caused by combustible solids such as wood, paper, and plastic. The best way to put out these fires is by using water, foam, and certain dry chemicals.
Class B fires are caused by flammable liquids such as oil, grease, gas and other substances. These fires give off large amounts of flammable vapors and require a smothering agent to put out. Dry chemical, foam and, carbon dioxide are the best things to use to put it out. With a Class B fire, it is important to shut off the source of the fuel causing the fire before putting it out.
A Class C fire involves energized electrical equipment, conductors, or appliances. Non-conducting extinguishing agents must be used. These include CO2, Halonm and dry chemical.
Class D fires are caused by combustible metals such as potassium, sodium, and their alloys, and magnesium, zinc, zirconium, titanium, and aluminum. Water should not be used with Class D fires as it can add to the intensity and cause it to splatter and spread. Class D fires can be smothered and controlled with special agents known as dry powders.
Regardless of the type of fire, you might have had on your boat, Restore Force is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about marine fire damage restoration or to make an appointment.