Fire never gives you a second chance, so it is vital to get it right first time, when choosing your fire extinguisher. The damage and devastation caused by fire could cost you money, your business or even your life. It really is not worth the risk, so why take it?
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First, let’s take a look at the different types of fire that you might encounter. They’re known as fire classes, and all fire extinguishers will detail which type they’re appropriate for.
CLASS A FIRES
Class A fires are generally the most commonly encountered, and involve most kinds of solid combustible material. This includes everything from wood to paper and textiles. A water or foam fire extinguisher is perfect for fighting Class A fires and both are also extremely cost effective.
CLASS B FIRES
Class B fires are those that involve flammable liquids. This particularly includes fuels such as petrol and diesel, but also things like paints, oils and alcohol. The recommended choice for Class B type fires would be a foam extinguisher.
CLASS C FIRES
Class C fires are those that have been caused by flammable or combustible gases such as those used for fuel including methane, propane or natural gas. The recommended choice of extinguisher to use on Class C fires would be powder.
CLASS D FIRES
Class D fires are fairly uncommon in most instances, and are found usually in industrial situations, but this class refers to fires that are the result of flammable metals like magnesium. The recommended choice of extinguisher to use on Class D fires would be the specialist dry powder extinguishers.
Electrical fires are fires involving electrical appliances or a form of electrical equipment is involved. They can occur in many places – the workplace being one where computers, monitors and electrical cabling could be involved. The best solution in this instance would be to use a CO2 fire extinguisher.
CLASS F FIRES
The final type of fire is the F Class, which refers to any fire that involves cooking oils and fats. These are common in commercial kitchens but can occur in residential kitchens too. These fires can burn at a much higher temperature such as those found in a deep fat fryer and thus requiring specialist extinguishers. The solution here is the wet chemical extinguisher.