Types of Fire Extinguisher

 

There are five different types of fire extinguisher, each one is used specifically for a particular class of fire.

  • The Red fire extinguisher, which contains water is for a Class A fire. Class A fires are those which burn flammable solids such as paper, wood and plastic
  • The Cream fire extinguisher, which contains foam is for Class B and A (a limited effect) fires. Class B fires are flammable liquids such as paint, petrol and oil.
  • The Blue fire extinguisher, which contains powder is for Class B and C fires. Class C fires are gases such as hydrogen, propane and butane.
  • The Black fire extinguisher, which contains CO2 is for Class B < C and D fires. Class D fires are metals such as potassium, aluminium and magnesium.
  • The Yellow fire extinguisher, which contains wet chemical, is for Class F fires. Class F fires are involve cooking oils and fats, including chip pan fires.

 

Class A – flammable solids such as paper, wood etc.

Class B – flammable liquids such as paint, petrol etc.

Class C – gases such as hydrogen, propane etc.

Class D – metals such as aluminium, magnesium etc.

Electrical – does not have its own class, can fall into any other classes

Class F – cooking oils and fats – includes chip pan fires


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