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With all the different types of fire extinguishers, it is best to make sure you have a trained professional assisting you in choosing the correct types for your business.

Types of Extinguishers
There are five common types of fire extinguishers to choose from, and each one of them has a specific purpose.  The purposes are listed below according to NFPA 10 Chapter 4.  Some extinguishers are multiple classes, and best in certain areas.  Below is the symbol and purpose for these types of extinguishers:

Class Purpose

Symbol

Class A ORDINARY COMBUSTIBLES
Wood, Paper, Rubber, Fabrics, and many Plastics
Class B FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS & GASSES
Gasoline, Oils, Paint, Lacquer and Tar
Class C ELECTRICAL
Fires that include live electrical equipment
Class D COMBUSTIBLE METAL/METAL ALLOYS
Combustible metals and combustible metal alloys
Class K FIRES IN COOKING APPLIANCES
Vegetable or animal oils and fats


 

Halotron I (Class B, and C)

The Halotron is approved for use on B and C fires.  The Halotron I extinguishers are great for use in computer rooms, clean rooms and data storage areas; unlike other extinguishers that can leave a powder residue on sensitive electronics, the Halotron I extinguishers contain a rapidly evaporating liquid that leaves behind no residue.

Carbon Dioxide (Class A and B)


Carbon dioxide extinguishers are not electrically conductive and contain a non-contaminating and odorless gas.  This type of extinguisher smothers the fire by covering it in a snow-like cloud.


 

 


Class D

Class D fire extinguishers are specifically designed for combustible metal fires.  Fires involving metals such as magnesium, sodium, potassium and sodium-potassium alloys are extinguishable with the Class D extinguisher.  This is ideal for a metal shop and other places where metals are heated.




 

ABC Dry Chemical (Class A, B, and C)

This multipurpose extinguisher is one of the most popular extinguishers we sell!  It will work on all class A, B and C fires.



 

Wet Chemical (Class K)


Class-K portable fire extinguishers are required under UL-300 to be located in the kitchens of cooking establishments.  Class-K extinguishers are specifically created to put out the high temperature fires that can occur with the grease in a kitchen.



 


With all these choices you want to make sure you have an expert from Clark Fire help you choose the type and size you need! We can make sure you have the best portable fire protection possible for your needs. 


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