What are the different types of extinguishers? How do I know which one to buy?
Fire can be divided into 6 classes:
Class A: Solids such as paper, wood, plastic, etc.
Class B: Flammable liquids such as paraffin, petrol, oil, etc.
Class C: Flammable gases such as propane, butane, methane, etc.
Class D: Metals such as aluminium, magnesium, titanium, etc.
Class E: Fires involving electrical appliances
Class F: Cooking oil & fat, etc.
There are four main types of extinguishers:
- Dry powder – Often termed the ‘multi-purpose’ extinguisher, as it can be used on Classes A, B & C.
- Co2 – Carbon Dioxide is ideal for fires involving electrical appliances.
- Foam – Used for Classes A & B. Foam spray extinguishers are not recommended for fires involving electricity, but are safer than water if inadvertently sprayed onto live electrical apparatus.
- Water – Used for Class A. Not suitable for Class B (Liquid) fires, or where electricity is involved.
If you are looking into purchasing a package for your home, we would recommend that you opt for 1kg Dry Powder and a 3×3 foot fire blanket, which altogether costs €21. On the other hand, if you have a business and would like professional advice on which extinguishers are ideal for your premises, call us for a site visit where a professional consultant will advise you on the best package for you.Back to FAQs