Type of Fire

  •  Not all fires are the same. Different fuels create different fires and require different types of fire extinguishing agents. 
  1. Type A – Class A fires include ordinary combustible materials such as wood, paper, cloth, trash and plastics.
  2.  Type B – Class B fires involve flammable liquids such as gasoline, petroleum, oil and paint. They also include flammable gases such as propane and butane.
  3.  Type C – Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment such as motors, transformers and appliances. Remove the power and the Class C fire becomes one of the other classes of fires.
  4.  Type D – Class D fires involve combustible materials such as potassium, sodium, aluminium and magnesium.
  5. Type K – Class K fires involve cooking oils, greases such as animal fats and vegetable fats. 
  •  Some types of fire extinguishing agents can be used on more than one class of fire. Others have warnings where it would be dangerous for the operator to use a particular fire extinguishing agent
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