Classes of Fire Extinguishers

It is always a good idea to have at least one fire extinguisher in the home as well as at your business, office or commercial premises. It is recommended by fire prevention experts that there should be fire extinguishers in the kitchen, workshop and garage.

The next important consideration is which type of extinguisher you choose. There are several kinds to choose from which are designed for specific types or classes of fire. Some are versatile and can be used on more than one class of fire.

Fire Extinguishers for Every Requirement

Extinguishers range from water, foam, CO2, specialist powder to wet chemical and it is vitally important to know which kind you are using, as misuse could be dangerous. You would not for instance use a water extinguisher on a fire involving cooking oil or fat. Nor would you use CO2 on paper or wood, so its wise to check you have the correct extinguisher for the particular job.

Whether its a fire extinguisher for your home or business, Fire Logistics has the most appropriate product for you. Our quick guide will give you an idea of what is available.

Fire Extinguisher Classes

Fires are identified using a classification system. Each class identifies the type of fuel involved and allows appropriate fire extinguisher media to be identified.

Class Icon Name of Class Type of Fire / Fuel
Class A Fires Class A Fires Freely Burning Materials
i.e.: Wood, Paper, Straw, Textiles, Coal etc.
Class B Fires Class B Fires Flammable Liquids
i.e.: Petrol, Diesel, Oils, Paraffin etc.
Class C Fires Class C Fires Flammable Gases
i.e.: Methane, Propane, Hydrogen, Natural Gas etc.
Class D Fires Class D Fires Flammable Metals
i.e.: Magnesium, Aluminium, Lithium etc.
Class F Fires Class F Fires Combustible Cooking Media
i.e.: Cooking Oil, Fats, Grease etc.
Electrical Fires Electrical Fires Electrical Appliances
i.e.: Computers, Stereos, Fuse boxes etc.