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Chapter Pretests


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1:  What is the material contained in a fire extinguisher that will stop the combustion process?
A: Desiccant
B: Extinguishing agent
C: Propellant
D: Reducing agent

2:  What would be an example of an incipient fire?
A: A fire in a wastebasket
B: A small car fully involved
C: A fire confined to the attic and roof of a residence
D: A house fire that has self-vented

3:  What danger is there in using water on a Class C fire?
A: There is risk of electrocution to fire fighters
B: Many metals explode when energized and contacted by water
C: Water can react with the chemicals and cause them to spread.
D: These types of fires appear to go out but do not cool and almost always re-ignite.

4:  How many classes of fire are there?
A: Five
B: Four
C: Three
D: Two

5:  What is one way water works to put out a fire?
A: It coats the fuel with nitrogen
B: It floods the fire with hydrogen
C: It cuts off the nitrogen to the fire
D: It cools the fuel below its ignition point

6:  What is the primary disadvantage of fire extinguishers?
A: They are "one-shot" devices
B: They require more people to operate effectively
C: They do far more collateral damage than a simple hose line
D: They do nothing to suppress re-ignition

7:  Why should water not be used on a Class K grease fire?
A: It does no harm, but neither does it do any good
B: It causes a volcanic eruption of the grease, and the fire will spread.
C: It produces a sub-surface steam wave which extinguishes the fire neatly
D: It causes the grease to congeal, turning it into a class C fire

8:  Can electricity generate heat?
A: Yes, sometimes tremendous amounts that will ignite nearby flammables
B: Enough to burn the skin, but not enough to ignite paper
C: Enough to feel warm, but not enough to burn the skin
D: No actual heat at all, though it feels like it when shocked

9:  What may happen if water is used on a fire involving a combustible metal?
A: The fire goes out immediately, but evolves hydrogen chromate, a poisonous gas
B: Nothing changes and the fire keeps burning
C: The fuel turns to powder but keeps burning
D: A violent reaction may occur

10:  How large can portable fire extinguishers be?
A: Up to a pound
B: Up to fifteen pounds
C: Up to one hundred pounds
D: Up to several hundred pounds

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