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A fire extinguisher may seem like a small component in your fire protection system, but having the correct type of fire extinguisher can mean the difference between a quickly controlled fire and devastating damage to your property. Selecting the proper fire extinguisher can be a challenging experience. We are here to help! D-Blaze, Inc. and our trained technicians have been installing and maintaining fire extinguishers for over four decades.

Selecting Your Fire Extinguisher

There are different classes (or ratings) of fire extinguishers that correspond with different classes of fire:

  • Class A - will put out fires in ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper. The numerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher refers to the amount of water the fire extinguisher holds and the amount of fire it will extinguish.
  • Class B - should be used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, etc. The numerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher states the approximate number of square feet of a flammable liquid fire that a non-expert person can expect to extinguish.
  • Class C - are suitable for use on electrically energized fires. This class of fire extinguishers does not have a numerical rating. The presence of the letter C indicates that the extinguishing agent is non-conductive
  • Class D - are designed for use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. There is no picture designator for Class D extinguishers. These extinguishers generally have no rating nor are they given a multi-purpose rating for use on other types of fires.
  • Class K - are used on fires involving cooking media (fats, grease, and oils) in commercial cooking sites such as restaurants. These fire extinguishers work on the principle of saponification. Saponification takes place when alkaline mixtures, such as potassium acetate, potassium citrate, or potassium carbonate, are applied to burning cooking oil or fat. The alkaline mixture combined with the fatty acid creates a soapy foam on the surface that holds in the vapors and steam and extinguishes the fire. These extinguishers are identified by the letter K. are designed for use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question.

These classifications are right on the side of the extinguisher. You will also see labels for each type of fire that it can be used for.

Newer fire extinguishers use a picture/labeling system to designate which types of fires they are to be used on so users can quickly identify the classes of fire on which the extinguisher will be effective. Older fire extinguishers are labeled with colored geometrical shapes with letter designations. Both of these types of labels are shown below with the description of the different classes of extinguishers.

If you're looking for a fire extinguisher, D-Blaze can help you choose the fire extinguisher that's right for you so you can make sure you, your building, and your equipment are fully protected. Request a Quote or call us today at 336-629-3300.

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