The table below specifies:
- Types of fire extinguishers,
- Types of fire they help fight, and
- Locations they’re suited for best use.
|Type of fire extinguisher||Suitable for fires caused by||Best used for|
|Class A||Organic, combustible materials like wood, cloth, paper, rubber, some types of plastics, etc.||Homes and business organizations|
|Class B||Flammable liquids and gasses like petroleum, tar, oil-based paints, solvents, alcohol, kerosene, propane, hydrogen, etc.||Homes and business organizations|
|Class C (in the US)||Electricity such as short-circuiting machinery and overloaded electrical cables||Homes and business organizations|
|Class C (outside the US)||Flammable gasses, including methane, hydrogen, propane, etc.||Homes and business organizations|
|Class D||Combustible metals like lithium, potassium, magnesium, titanium, zirconium, etc.||Factories dealing with these gasses|
|Class K (called Class F outside the US)||Flammable liquids and gasses with higher flash points such as cooking oils and fats||Commercial kitchens in hotels, restaurants, catering businesses, etc|
Generally, multipurpose fire extinguishers like B-C and A-B-C are available for retail purchase, and they’re ideal for home and office use. All of our top picks work on A, B, and C fires, and some even work on class K!
If you’re worried that you won’t be covered without Class D in your home fire extinguisher arsenal, you can purchase them through specialty outlets, or even completely cease working with combustable metals in residential areas. Please. Do it for the children.