Using a Class D Fire Extinguisher for Quenching Metal Fires

The ignition source determines the type of fire-fighting substance that should be used to combat a certain type of fire. When you know the type of fire that must be quenched, you can more effectively extinguish it by using the appropriate equipment and agent.

For example, Class D fires start due to the ignition of combustible metals such as aluminum, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. At Getz Fire Equipment Company, we can provide you with the advice and information you need on Class D fire extinguisher units and how to use these devices to suppress dangerous fires effectively.

A Class D fire can occur within a facility that contains the presence of the metals mentioned above in a form that facilitates a conflagration. If this danger exists within your facility, it is vital to have one or more of these extinguishers on hand to help protect human life and property.

Combustible Metal Fires

Class D fires are instigated through the ignition of metal fines that are a result of machining processes. Venues such as industrial and manufacturing facilities, as well as laboratory facilities should have Class D fire extinguisher units on hand in order to put out these fires efficiently, if they occur.

Extinguishing Class D Fires

Combating a Class D fire effectively requires the use of the proper extinguisher designed to defeat these fires. The oxygen that fuels these conflagrations must be suppressed by a material that is effective at accomplishing that task: dry powder extinguishing agents that can be obtained in the graphite powder form or sodium chloride granular form.

At Getz Fire Equipment Company, we will help you access and provide proper maintenance for the units in your facility, as well as offer guidance on the most effective placement of your fire extinguisher units.

For further information regarding best practices for the use of Class D fire extinguisher units, be sure to contact our team. We offer 24/7 emergency services to help you with your firefighting device recharging needs and other service requirements.