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You are on the watch suddenly you noticed an electrical fire, what all action you take and which type of fire extinguisher you used?

Action you take in case of electrical fire:

  1. Whenever you see fire even if you think the fire is small and you can contain it yourself, it's better to be safe and has the professional on their way, Be sure to tell them it's an electrical fire so they can be prepared by raising the alarm.
  2. Muster all the crew at the muster station and proceed with your duty.
  3. Shut off the main breaker to isolate the system which comes under fire, if possible. Be sure your hands are not wet and the fire is not close to the breaker box before attempting this step.
  4. Use a class-C or multi-purpose ABC fire extinguisher should be clearly marked not, but if it's not and you are not sure what kind it is, don't use it.
  5. Throw a sodium bicarbonate such as baking soda on the fire to smother it. If a fire extinguisher is not available and the fire is small, dousing it with enough baking soda can put it out.
NOTE: During the time of fire make sure you have the proper plan and proper communication system with all the crew.
Don't try to act over smart, follow your officer instructions and work according to your duty.


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