What type do I need?
At the risk of declaring the obvious, different kinds of fires need different types of extinguisher. Sadly, a real lack of knowledge in this area is not just common, but also downright dangerous.
Did you know a fire blanket is only effective where the fuel is cooking oils and fats, or to wrap around a person whose clothing is alight? Did you know that a fire hose reel is only effective where wood, paper and plastic are the fuel? Using water on a fire where electric equipment, flammable liquids, or cooking oils are concerned is dangerous.
Your safety depends on knowing the facts, being prepared with the right equipment and knowing how to use it.
What type of fire might you face? Think about your environment, read about your needs and examine the list below.
Your next few minutes might save a life!
• Wood, Paper and Plastic (Type A) Use a Powder ABE, Water, Foam or Wet Chemical extinguisher (Carbon Dioxide has limited effectiveness).
• Flammable and Combustible Liquids (Type B) Use a Powder ABE, Powder BE, Foam extinguisher (Carbon Dioxide has limited effectiveness).
• Flammable Gases (Type C) Use a Powder ABE, Powder BE
• Energised Electrical Equipment (Type E) Use a Powder ABE, Powder BE, Carbon Dioxide (limited only).
• Cooking Oils and Fats (Type F) Use a Powder BE, Wet Chemical, and Foam (limited only).