When it comes to choosing fire extinguishers for your facility, you must first analyze what types of fires are most likely to break out on your property. Fires can be divided into five different classes. Fire extinguishers of all kinds contain different materials to suppress flames, and they work best on different types of fires. Read on to discover which class of fire extinguisher you should choose when undergoing fire extinguisher installation for your property.
Class A Fires
Class A fires contain commonly found flammable materials such as cloth, plastic, wood, and paper. In facilities without specialty equipment, your fire extinguisher installation professionals may determine that pressurized water fire extinguishers are sufficient. These devices use pressurized water (sometimes mixed with detergent) to put out fires. Another option for Class A fires is a multipurpose ABC fire extinguisher. These utilize dry, powdered flame retardants to deprive the fire of oxygen.
Class B Fires
Class B fires occur when flammable liquids such as oil, solvents, paint, gasoline, or grease catch fire. Because water makes these fires worse, you should opt for a carbon dioxide or dry chemical mechanism. Carbon dioxide, like the ABC fire extinguisher, stifles flames by getting rid of the surrounding oxygen. Dry chemical units work in a similar manner.
Class C Fires
Class C fires involve something that is around us every day: electricity. These electrical fires can be caused by faulty wiring, computers, and other electrical equipment. Like with Class B fires, water should not be used when attempting to smother an electrical fire. This can cause further electrical hazards. Instead, consider ABC extinguishers, carbon dioxide units, or dry chemical devices for your fire extinguisher installation.
Class D Fires
Class D fires are somewhat unique. They typically only occur in laboratories or other specialized facilities. Combustible metals such as elemental sodium, lithium, potassium, and magnesium cause Class D fires, and you must carry specialized dry powder fire extinguishers to address them. These units will not work on any other type of fire, so be sure to consult your fire extinguisher installation professionals if you store combustible metals at your facility.
Class K Fires
Class K fires are widespread in both residential and commercial settings. They are caused by cooking food with oil and grease at very high temperatures. These kitchen fires can be smothered with either dry or wet chemical extinguishers. All commercial kitchens are required to have adequate fire protection, so be sure that your kitchen is safe and compliant by consulting the experts at Biles Fire Protection.
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