04 Jan What Fire Extinguisher Do I Need?
Proper fire safety is vital for any business, but your requirements may differ depending on the type of industry you’re in. Fire extinguishers are used to safely extinguish or control flames and they should be an integral part of your fire safety system. However, there are several different types of extinguisher to choose from and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ model, so it’s important to choose the right extinguisher for you.
The fire classification system groups fire according to the type of fuel involved and you’ll then need to choose a fire extinguisher that’s suitable for the type of fire you’re most likely to deal with. Choosing the right type is vital for the safety of your employees and business, so read on to find out more about which type of extinguisher you might need.
What are the fire classifications?
Fires are split into categories A, B, C, D and F, with a separate category for electrical fires. We’ve listed each class and its fuel type in more detail below:
- Class A – solid fuel including paper, wood and plastic.
- Class B – flammable liquids including petrol and oil.
- Class C – flammable gases like methane, butane and propane.
- Class D – metals including aluminium and titanium.
- Class F – cooking oils and fats.
- Electrical fires – fires caused by electrical apparatus. This type of fire can fall into any of the above classes, as it depends on the surrounding material that’s burning.
Types of extinguisher
Fire extinguishers fall into one of five different types and the model you need will depend on the class of fire you’re dealing with. Extinguishers are colour coded for easy reference:
- Red – these extinguishers use water and are suitable for Class A fires.
- Blue – there are two types of blue extinguisher; dry powder and specialist powder. Dry powder is suitable for Class A, B and C fires and specialist powder is for use on Class D fires.
- Cream – these extinguishers use foam and are suitable for Class A and B fires.
- Black – these extinguishers contain CO2 and are suitable for Class B fires and those involving electrical apparatus.
- Yellow – these extinguishers use wet chemicals and are often found in kitchens as they’re suitable for Class F fires. They can also be used for Class A fires.
If you’re in need of reliable fire extinguishers for your business, get in touch with the professionals at AK Fire. We’re proud to offer a range of extinguishers that are manufactured to the highest standards and are industry compliant for your peace of mind. We also offer a range of maintenance contracts to ensure that your business is well protected at all times, so give us a call today or contact us via our website to find out more.