Everyone should have a fire extinguisher
in their home, but selecting the proper type and size can be
confusing. But it really is not.
Fire extinguishers are divided into four
categories: A, B, C, and D, with each category based on different
types of fires. Fire extinguishers also have a numerical rating that
serves as a guide for the amount of fire the extinguisher can handle
-- the higher the number, the more fire-fighting power.
Here is a quick guide to help you choose
the right type of extinguisher.
A extinguishers are for
ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard, and
most plastics. The numerical rating on these types of extinguishers
indicates the amount of water it holds and the amount of fire it can
fires involve flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline,
kerosene, grease and oil. The numerical rating for class B
extinguishers indicates the approximate number of square feet of
fire it can extinguish. Using water on a Class B fire can make the
situation much worse!
fires involve electrical equipment, such as appliances, wiring,
circuit breakers and outlets. Never use water to extinguish Class C
fire extinguishers are commonly found in a chemical laboratory. They
might also be found in automotive shops and other industrial
locations. They are for fires that involve combustible metals, such
as magnesium, titanium, potassium and sodium. These types of
extinguishers also have no numerical rating, nor are they given a
multi-purpose rating - they are designed for class D fires only.
The Pine Mountain Fire Department
recommends the purchase of ABC type fire extinguishers. The allows
the fire extinguisher to be used on Class A, Class B, and Class C