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What Kind of Fire Extinguisher is Best for Your Business?

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There are 4 types of fire extinguishers that are specific to certain kinds of fires they are the best at putting out. Fires are labeled by class and the extinguisher that is installed at your business depends on which class of fire you’re most at risk for.

Fire Classes

  • Class A fires are the most common and involve solid combustible material.
  • Class B fires involve flammable liquids like gas, oil, or alcohol.
  • Class C fires involve a source of electricity.
  • Class D fires are uncommon but happen when metal ignites.
  • Class K fires involve cooking oils like vegetable oil or animal fats.

The 4 Types of Fire Extinguishers

Water Extinguishers

  • These are used for type A fires.

Foam Extinguishers

  • Suitable for class B fires but can also be recommended for class A fires as well.

CO2 Extinguishers

  • Used for Class B fires but are known to work well for class C fires, since it leaves little residue and little risk of damaging the equipment.

Dry Powder Extinguishers

  • Are also known as ABC Extinguishers, can be used for class A, B, and C fires.

EHS Management can help you figure out which fire extinguisher is right for your business along with making sure you follow the regulations with placement throughout your facility. Keep your employees and business safe by hiring EHS Management.