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What type of fire does a Halon extinguisher put out?

Halon is a fire extinguishing agent that is used in commercial and industrial applications. Halon is a non-toxic, colorless gas that is heavier than air. Halon extinguishers are ideal for use in data centers and server rooms since they put out Class A, B, and C fires.

Halon is also known as bromofluorocarbon or BCF. The gas was first discovered by chemists in England in the 1930s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that it became widely used as an extinguishing agent due to its ability to put out fires quickly and efficiently.

Halon is typically stored as a liquid at temperatures below minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit (-57 degrees Celsius). When released into an enclosed area, it turns into gas which displaces oxygen, rendering fuel sources unable to sustain combustion.

Halon can be used on all types of fires — electrical fires, flammable liquids and flammable metals such as magnesium and titanium all succumb to this chemical agent’s properties when exposed to high concentrations of it.

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Last modified: July 29, 2022