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The 4 Types of Fire Extinguishers

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a person using a fire extinguisher in a oven fire. Be prepared to avoid further damage during a fire.

No one wants to even think about a tragedy like a home fire happening to them. Unfortunately, the chance of fire is always a possibility, no matter how safe you are. The key is to fire preparedness is to be equipped as possible for whatever might occur. All fires are different, so part of fire safety is understanding the types of fires and what to do and not do when something is ablaze. Everyone should have at least one fire extinguisher in their home. If you shop for one, you'll probably notice several different types available. What are their differences?

4 Differences of Fire Extinguishers

1. Class A

Class A extinguishers are designed to put out ordinary materials such as paper, plastic, cloth and firewood. You should keep this type of extinguisher close to a fireplace.

2. Class B

Class B extinguishers are used for a combustible gas or liquid (e.g., gasoline, ethanol, propane) fuel source. Keep this type of fire extinguisher in garages, workshops and similar areas. These types of fires can spread very quickly, but they can also be put out fast if you get to it before it gets out of control. Know when it's time to call fire damage restoration professionals.

3. Class C

Class C extinguishers are intended for electrical fires. NEVER try putting out an electrical fire with water; it can electrocute you. These fires can keep burning until the electrical source is turned off.

4. Class K

Class K extinguishers are designed for home use. They turn the fuel into soap. Keep these extinguishers in an easily accessible area in your kitchen. NEVER use water to try to extinguish a grease fire; water can quickly cause grease fires to spread.

Fire preparedness in your home in Bountiful, UT, could mean the difference between saving most of the property and enduring a total loss. Keep a fire extinguisher in any areas that are most likely to catch fire.

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