Types of Extinguisher

There are many different types of fire extinguisher available that perform different roles in the event of a fire.

Water Fire Extinguishers
Used for class A fire risks such as as wood, paper, material and cloth

Foam Fire Extinguishers
Used for class A fire risks such as as wood, paper, material and cloth and class B fire risks – flammable liquids such as – petrol, spirits and diesel.

Co2 Fire Extinguishers
Used for Class B fire risks – flammable liquids such as petrol, spirits and diesel and also Electrical hazards

Powder Fire Extinguishers
Used for Class A fires (wood, paper, material, cloth, etc), Class B (flammable liquids such as petrol, spirits, diesel), Class C (flammable gas) and also electrical hazards.

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers
Used specifically for Fire Risk class F – deep fat cooking fires.

Fire Blankets 
Commonly used for chip pan fires and toasters (kitchen fire risks) but also used for waste bins and in laboratories.

Fire Classification

Class A fire risks such as as wood, paper, material and cloth

Class B fire risks – flammable liquids such as petrol, spirits and diesel.

Class C for flammable gas

Class D for fires involving metals such as aluminium, magnesium, titanium etc

Electrical Hazards – For fires involving Electrical equipment.

Class F – For fires involving cooking oil & fat etc.