Which fire extinguishers should be used for what kind of fire?

Selecting the right type of fire extinguisher means knowing what an area’s risks are. There are several classes of fire extinguishers, based on the types of fires they best put out. Here’s a breakdown:

  • A Class A fire extinguisher will put out most fires involving solid materials. This includes textiles, paper, and wood.
  • A Class B fire extinguisher is best for oils, disease, and petrol. It is designed for flammable liquids.
  • Class C fire extinguishers are best for fires involving some type of energized electricity.
  • A Class D fire extinguisher is best used for fires involving combustible metals with very high temperatures.
  • Class K fire extinguishers are best used for cooking oils and other grease-type fires.

Which fire extinguisher is suitable for virtually all fires?

The most common option for fire extinguishers for residential and light commercial areas is an ABC chemical fire extinguisher. It uses a powder-like product to extinguish the fire. It also handles the most common types of fires, including Class A, B, and C fires. For other types of risks, it is important to choose more specialized fire extinguishers based on the risks within that area.