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Who Invented the Fire Extinguisher?

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The fire extinguisher was invented by George William Manby in 1818. It was a simple device that used a copper cylinder and compressed air to push large amounts of water through the nozzle of the cylinder.

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Who Invented the Fire Extinguisher?
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In 1872, Thomas J. Martin improved upon the fire extinguisher developed by George Manby. The modern fire extinguisher uses a chemical foam that is stored in the cylinder and propelled by nitrogen or carbon dioxide. The chemical-foam fire extinguisher was invented by a Russian named Aleksandr Loran in 1904.

The two variants of the modern fire extinguisher are the stored-pressure and cartridge-operated fire extinguishers.

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