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Choosing The Right Fire Extinguisher

Taking a look at the different types of fire extinguishers.

In our how to video we show the proper techniques to put out fires using an extinguisher. But what kind should be used for different types of fires?

Let’s take a look at the five different types of extinguishing agents. Most fire extinguishers display symbols to show the kind of fire on which they are to be used. 

  • Class A extinguishers put out fires in ordinary combustible materials such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.
  • Class B extinguishers are used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, and oil-based paints.
  • Class C extinguishers are suitable for use on fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.
  • Class D extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.

Class K fire extinguishers are intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, such as those found in restaurants, cafeterias, and caterers. Class K extinguishers are now finding their way into the residential market for use in kitchens.

There are also multi-purpose fire extinguishers - such as those labeled "B-C" or "A-B-C" - that can be used on two or more types of fires.

Like we said in the how to video; remember to always let professionals do their job. If you have the slightest doubt about your ability to fight a fire....EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!

Until next time, stay positive and stay safe.