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What are the different types of fire extinguishers?

There exist several different types of fire extinguishers, each designed to fight particular types of fires. They are organized into different classes of fires, including:

  • Class A. Paper, wood, or plastic fires
  • Class B. Fires from flammable liquids, such as oil or gasoline
  • Class C. Electrical fires
  • Class D: Fires from combustible metals, such as sodium or magnesium (often in laboratory settings)

Water cannot put out all fires – in fact, it can make some fires even worse. Your workplace should have the proper type of fire extinguisher installed to help fight the type of fire most likely to occur.

To learn more about fire prevention or to schedule a fire safety inspection, contact the Austin fire extinguisher inspection professionals of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020.