There are five different classes of fire, and each can be extinguished with either one extinguisher, or with two or more. The breakdown is as below:
Class A – Ordinary Combustibles
Example: Wood, Paper, Cloth, Rubber, and Plastics
Extinguisher: Water (Red Label), Foam (Cream), Dry Powder (Blue), Wet Chemical (Yellow)
Class B – Flammable Liquids and Combustible Liquids
Example: Gasoline, Oil-Based Paints, Alcohol
Extinguisher: Foam (Cream), Dry Powder (Blue), Carbon Dioxide (Black)
Class C – Live Electrical Equipment
Example: Electrical Wiring, Fuse Box
Extinguisher: Dry Powder (Blue), Carbon Dioxide (Black)
Class D – Combustible Metal
Example: Magnesium, Titanium, Sodium
Extinguisher: Dry Powder (Blue)
Class K – Commercial Cooking Equipment
Example: Vegetable Oils, Animal Oils, Fats in commercial cooking appliances
Extinguisher: Wet Chemical Fire (Yellow)
Dry Powder can be used to extinguish most fires, except those caused by Cooking Oils or classified as Class K Fires. Similarly, only a Wet Chemical Extinguisher can be used for commercial cooking equipment fire, needed where deep-fryers and/or griddles are utilized to prepare large quantities of food.
Complete Regular Training
A fire extinguisher should always be used when it is necessary, especially for the types of fire you are most likely to encounter. Help staff determine whether a fire is too advanced to handle on their own, and when and how to immediately alert the authorities. Make a commitment to attending regular fire safety training to stay up to date on preparedness techniques, tools, and technology.
Incorporate a tested evacuation plan with your fire extinguisher training. Make sure your plan is prominently displayed and that, in the event of an emergency, everyone inside your facility has easy access to the escape route.
Keep Up with Testing and Maintenance
Remember to check your equipment regularly and replace your fire extinguisher when it expires. You should also have your building inspected by a Risk Assessor to ensure it meets fire safety regulations related to fire protection systems, building capabilities, and fire detection requirements.
No matter what type of fire you want to defend against, Flammatech has the tools, technology and expertise you need. From fire drills to installing, testing and maintaining your fire protection system, we can help.