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Everything You Need to Know About Residential Fire Extinguishers: Part 1

Nearly every home and business has one, yet many people don’t know very much about fire extinguishers. What are the different types of fire extinguishers available? How exactly do they put out a fire? And how often should they be replaced? In today’s blog, we begin the first part in a series that will go over the basics of everything you need to know about fire extinguishers, by talking about the different types of extinguishers available and the fires they are meant to put out. Be sure to check back next week for part 2 in our series! After all, a fire extinguisher may save your life one day so it’s worth taking the time to understand this crucial aspect of fire safety.


Did you know that there are many different types of fire extinguishers?

Everything You Need to Know About Residential Fire Extinguishers: Part 1

Most fire safety experts recommend having, at minimum, a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, workshop, and garage. Yet with so many different types to choose from, how do you know which to pick? It is crucial that homeowners purchase the correct type of extinguisher for your intended use. There are four different types of fire extinguishers that each are meant for a different type of fire.

Class A extinguishers are intended to put out fires created by normal combustible objects, including wood, cardboard, paper, and many plastics.
Class B extinguishers are meant for fires created by flammable liquids such as grease, oil, kerosene, and gasoline.
Class C extinguishers are specially designed to combat electrical fires created by things like outlets, appliances, and faulty wiring. It is incredibly important to remember that you should never use water to extinguish an electrical fire as it can cause a serious electrical shock.
Class D extinguishers are most often found in chemical labs as they are specifically for putting out fires caused by combustible metals such as potassium, sodium, titanium, and magnesium.

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