Before you can decide on the right type of fire extinguisher(s) for your business, you first need to understand the ways in which fire is classified. This should help you to better calculate the fire risks for your business.
Class A – Solids –This could be wood, plastic, paper, fabrics, soft furnishings, fixtures, or fittings.
Class B – Flammable liquids – There is a whole range of items that fit within this category, including solvents, paints, cleaning fluids, and fuels.
Class C – Gases – Flammable gasses include butane, propane, methane, LPG.
Class D – Metals – Although you might not consider metal as a fire risk, some are surprisingly combustible (sodium, for instance). Most metals also make very good conductors.
Electrical – Because electrical fires can easily fall within many of the other classes, they don’t really get their own full class. But electrical fires usually refer to wiring and equipment such as computers, televisions, and routers.
Class F – Cooking fats and oils – This is fairly self-explanatory and relates to things like chip pan fires.
So, now you know what types of fire to prepare for. But which fire extinguisher do you use to tackle them? Find out about each of the main types of fire extinguisher below.