Carbon Dioxide is heavier than oxygen

When it is sprayed,it covers object like a blanket and cuts oxygen supply


Carbon dioxide does not harm electrical equipment

If water is sprayed on electrical equipment,it damages it and can cause short circuit

However,there is no such effect if carbon dioxide is sprayed


Carbon dioxide can be stored easily

It is stored in liquid form in cylinders(fire extinguishers)

When it is sprayed ,it expands in volume cutting oxygen supply


It reduces ignition temperature

When carbondioxide is sprayed,It also cools down reducing temperature of substance below igntion temperature



NCERT Question 8 - Explain how CO 2 is able to control fires
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NCERT Question 5 (a) - Give reasons:

Water is not used to control fires involving electrical equipment.

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CA Maninder Singh is a Chartered Accountant for the past 14 years and a teacher from the past 18 years. He teaches Science, Economics, Accounting and English at Teachoo