Using a Class D Fire Extinguisher for Combustible Metal Fires

The types of fires that occur vary depending on the ignition source that causes it. If you’re going to fight a fire effectively, you need to know the type of fire you’re up against. Once you know this information, you can handle the problem effectively. For instance, Class D fires begin as a result of the ignition of combustible metals such as magnesium, sodium, aluminum, and potassium. At Getz Fire Equipment Company, we are able to give you the information and advice you need regarding the application of Class D fire extinguisher units to help you combat these fires effectively.

Regardless of your building or facility, if it contains the presence of these metals in a form in which the ignition of Class D fires is possible, then it is important to have one or more of these fire extinguishers on hand for potential emergencies.

Combustible Fires

These fires are generated by the metal fines that are produced through machining processes at industrial facilities. Manufacturing, industrial, and laboratory facilities must have the proper firefighting equipment on hand to suppress these Class D fires effectively.

Quenching Class D Fires

You simply cannot put out a Class D fire effectively without a Class D fire extinguisher. The flames of these fires must be smothered through the suppression of the oxygen that fuels them. This is accomplished through the application of dry powder extinguishing agents that are contained within these fire extinguishers. These agents that can come in sodium chloride granular form or graphite powder form are able to effectively suppress these dangerous fires.

If you’re going to use a Class D fire extinguisher, it’s important to have training before you attempt to use one in a dangerous situation. At Getz Fire Equipment Company, we are committed to helping you obtain and maintain the proper fire extinguishers for your building or facility. We’re also able to give you guidance regarding the placement of your fire extinguishers in accordance with NFPA standards.

If you need more information regarding Class D fires and how to fight them effectively with the right equipment, contact us today. Our team is here to provide you with 24/7 emergency service to meet your firefighting equipment recharging and additional service needs.