The Five Classes Of Fires And How To Extinguish Them

It is important to know what type of fire you are dealing with before trying to put it out!

When it comes to your business, making sure you have a good fire safety plan is essential. Not only do you need to look out for the safety of your employees, guests, and yourself, but you have to worry about the building itself. Significant property damage could mean prolonged loss of work due to time for repairs and rebuilding, not to mention the loss of vital equipment and materials. There are five main classes of fires. Each fire class requires a different method to extinguish them. You want to make sure you know which ones your business is at risk of and include them in your fire emergency plan.

Class A

A Class A fire is one of the most common type of fire encountered in the average home and workplace. They’re often caused by typical combustibles such as plastics, paper, wood, fabric, and trash. These are put out using monoammonium phosphate or water.

Class B

Any fire that starts from a flammable liquid, gas, or fuel is referred to as a Class B fire. This fire class is most commonly associated with industries dealing with paint, lubricants, and fuels. In the event of a Class B fire, removing the oxygen by way of smothering is best.

Class C

Electrical fires and fires that use electronic equipment as fuel are known as Class C type fires. These can occur on any scale, including if a surge protector overloads. Every industry should have a plan in case of a Class C fire. Extinguishing methods include cutting the power and using a non-conductive chemical.

Class D

You may be surprised to learn that there are several types of combustible metal including titanium, potassium, magnesium, and aluminum. This fire class is most common in laboratory settings, however, any industry that utilizes combustible metals should have plans in action in case of emergency. Dry powder agents are used to put out Class D fires.

Class K

Also known as a Kitchen fire, Class K fires stem from combustible liquids such as grease, oils, and fats that occur when cooking. This one of the most common and dangerous fires in a residential and commercial cooking setting. The best way to put out a cooking fire is by smothering or wet chemical fire extinguishers. You do not want to use water for this fire class, as it can cause an explosion.

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