In any business or dwelling, the risk of fire is present, consequently it is important to know that not all fires are the same.
The 6 classes of fire in Australia are…
- Class A – Ordinary combustibles
- Class B – Flammable liquids
- Class C – Flammable gases
- Class D – Combustible metals
- Class E – Electrical equipment
- Class F – Cooking oils and fats
The following article will cover each class of fire in more detail and provide you with the knowledge of which fire extinguisher to use to ensure the fire is extinguished safely and quickly.
Class A Fires
Class A fires involve basic flammable materials that are known to be found in most homes and businesses, some of these materials include, paper, textile materials, plastics, rubber and wood.
Some common examples of class A fires include the ignition of recycling bins or carpet/furniture due to candles or embers.
The type of fire extinguishers recommended for class A fires are…
Class B Fires
Class B fires are caused by flammable and/or combustible liquids such as chemical based cleaning products, petrol, oils and alcohol.
It is common for a class B fire to occur within a work environment such as a mechanic’s workshop or petrol station, some common examples of ignition include discarded cigarette butts or sparks from machinery that may come into contact with flammable oils.
The type of fire extinguishers recommended for class B fires are…
It is extremely important to remember to NEVER use water on an oil fire as it will more than likely cause an explosion of the burning oil and be disastrous for the workplace and the individuals involved.
Class C Fires
Class C fires are ignited by flammable gases such as natural gas, propane and methane, these gases are frequently used within kitchens, workshops and garages.
It is typical for class C fires to occur due to gas leaks from stoves, cook tops, barbecues and gas-powered tools.
The type of fire extinguishers recommended for class C fires are…
Class D Fires
Class D fires begin due to combustible metals such as aluminium, magnesium and titanium, these fires are less common as metal requires an intense amount of heat to ignite.
Use only special purpose extinguishers for this type of fire. Contact Us today for more information.
Class E Fires
Class E fires involve electrical equipment such as heaters and fans, kitchen appliances and electronics and are a common cause of fire within the workplace or home.
A familiar example of a class E fire is due to electrical appliances overheating, faulty heaters or heaters being covered and frayed wiring.
The type of fire extinguishers recommended for class E fires are…
For more information on electrical fires please refer to this detailed article.
Class F Fires
Class F Fires are caused by cooking oils and fats and more likely occur within kitchens or food preparation areas.
Some frequent scenarios for class F fire’s are when a pan of hot oil is left unattended and overheats or if a fatty build up on the kitchen surface is ignited by a spark from a kitchen appliance.
The type of fire extinguishers recommended for class F fires are…
To learn more about kitchen fires and how they can be prevented, please refer to this detailed article.
As you can see there is no ‘one size fits all’. There are multiple different types of fire extinguishers in Australia.
If you are looking for a more detailed article about a particular type of extinguisher see the below links:
- It is imperative that you choose the correct fire extinguisher for your home or workplace as using an incorrect extinguisher could not only be ineffective, but dangerous, and even fatal when used on a fire with a different rating/class.
- It is important to have every fire extinguisher correctly installed. Please refer to this detailed article for more information on how to install a fire extinguisher.
- Ensure you are prepared for fighting a fire with the Fire Extinguisher PASS Technique.
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