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Fire Extinguisher Types

Fire extinguishers are necessary to combat small fires in the home or workplace, preventing them from growing into catastrophic blazes. As part of a larger fire suppression and prevention system, fire extinguishers can save lives and prevent thousands of dollars in property damage and loss if they are properly maintained over time. Fire extinguishers are available in a wide variety of types, and your buildings’ fire extinguisher needs may vary from those of other buildings.

Types of Extinguishing Agents

Different fire extinguishers are designed to combat different types of fires. For example, a fire extinguisher designed to put out an electrical fire or a grease fire might not be safe for use on a paper-fueled fire. Fire extinguishers are divided into different categories depending on the types of fires they are able to extinguish:

  • Class A: For use on paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, and other ordinary combustible materials.
  • Class B: For use on combustible and flammable liquids, including grease, gasoline, kerosene, and oils.
  • Class C: For use on fires from electrical equipment, such as wires, appliances, and circuit breakers. Extinguishers in this class are non-conductive, meaning that they are safe to use on electrical sources without the risk of electric shock.
  • Class D: For fires involving combustible metals often found in chemical laboratories, including titanium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium.

The class of fire extinguisher installed in your building will depend on the particular fire safety needs of your business or organization.

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A properly-maintained fire extinguisher can prevent fires from ever getting out of control. To learn more about your building’s fire extinguisher needs, contact an Austin fire extinguisher inspector from Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020.