Before operating a fire extinguisher, training should be engaged to help your brain memory (action taken previously stored in the back of one’s mind) to understand if you’re placing yourself and others at risk by accidently choosing the wrong fire extinguisher.
Fire Extinguisher Uses
The six classes of fire: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, ‘Electrical’, and Class F.
A breakdown of classes
- Class A fires – combustible materials: caused by flammable solids, such as wood, paper, and fabric
- Class B fires – flammable liquids: such as petrol, turpentine or paint
- Class C fires – flammable gases: like hydrogen, butane or methane
- Class D fires – combustible metals: chemicals such as magnesium, aluminium or potassium
- Class E fires – electrical equipment
- Class F fires – cooking oils: typically a chip-pan fire