Roundup: Fire Extinguishers

Roundup: Fire Extinguishers

Beth Zeigler
Dec 5, 2008

120508fire-01.jpgThe joyous holiday season brings extensive cooking, sparkling christmas trees and warm nights by the heater. But with these seasonal symbols comes a greater risk of house fires. We've rounded up Apartment Therapy's favorite fire extinguishers and surprisingly they're not one size fits all.

Fire extinguishers are divided into four categories based on what type of fire the extinguisher can handle.

From Fire Extinguisher 101

  • Class 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 extinguish.
  • Class B 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.
  • Class C fires involve electrical equipment, such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets. Never use water to extinguish class C fires - the risk of electrical shock is far too great. Class C extinguishers do not have a numerical rating. The C classification means the extinguishing agent is non-conductive.
  • Class D fire extinguishers are commonly found in a chemical laboratory. 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.

    Use for kitchen fires, Class B-C

    Deigned to put out grease and electrical fires

    Is suitable for types A, B and C fires

    For small kitchen and household fires

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