All businesses and offices should have multiple fire extinguishers to cover the different types of fire you may encounter, as well as proper training for individuals within the company in order to use them properly.
Unfortunately, there is an amount of confusion over the different types of fire extinguishers and the different classes. People in general don’t understand what each class means, and how to use them.
Don’t worry though, we can help educate you and your employees on all you need to know to keep yourselves safe via one of our fire training courses.
There are five different classes to consider. The class of a fire extinguisher tells us the type of fire that it is designed to be used on. Fire extinguishers are classified as class A, B, C, D, and F.
Class A fire extinguishers are used to put out small fires on items such as paper, wood, cloth and other textiles
Class B fire extinguishers are used for burning liquids such as petrol, cooking oil, kerosene and diesel fuel.
Class C fire extinguishers are to put out flammable gases such as Propane, Butane, Calor Gas and Methane.
Class D extinguishers are used to put out fires for combustible metals such as magnesium, potassium.
Class F are used to put out fires that have been caused from cooking oils. Commonly found in restaurants.
Types of fire extinguishers are determined by the different extinguishing agents any given fire extinguisher contains.
The type ABC Dry Powder fire extinguishers are considered a multipurpose fire extinguisher and are very common.
These extinguishers will work on class A, B, and C fires.
BC Dry Powder extinguishers obviously work on extinguishing class B and C fires, and carbon dioxide fire extinguishers work on class B fires and are commonly found near electrical risks.
Two other common types of fire extinguishers in the UK are water extinguishers and foam extinguishers.
The water extinguisher works on class A fires, while the foam extinguishers work on both class A and B fires.
If you need an extinguisher that can be used around sensitive electrical equipment, then you will need a Carbon Dioxide (Co2) extinguisher.
Fire safety can be quite confusing. If you are interested in purchasing any fire extinguishers contact us today.
We also offer fire extinguisher services throughout the whole of the UK!
We will assess your building or business, and offer a custom solution in order to keep you and your employees safe.