Choosing a Fire Extenguisher
Did you know there are five different types of fire extinguishers and that each type is designed for different types of fire? Whether for your home or business, it’s important to have the correct type of fire extinguisher available.
Class A: This is the most common fire extinguisher. It can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper and many plastics.
Class B: This type of fire extinguisher is used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline or oil.
Class C: These fire extinguishers are designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electrically energized or plugged in.
Class D: These fire extinguishers are for use on flammable metals, and are typically found only in factories that work with flammable metals.
Class K: This type of fire extinguisher is intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils or fats in cooking appliances. Class K fire extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are becoming more popular for use in home kitchens.
Multi-Use: There are fire extinguishers available that are able to be used on several different types of fires. A combination of Classes A, B and C is a common multi-use fire extinguisher.