A fire incident is likely to create a situation of panic on any occasion. The longer it takes to extinguish a fire, the more damage can potentially be done. Appropriate education about different types of fires and their extinguishment methods can help prevent the loss of lives and property. Discussed below are the four different kinds of fires, ways to extinguish them, and when to call a fireguard service for help.
1. Class-A Fires
These fires are also called ‘solid fires’ and involve combustible material such as wood, fabric, paper, plastic, or other materials.
The most common sources for a Class-A fire include a candle, a lightning strike, or a fireplace flame.
A water or foam extinguisher is to be used in the case of a Class-A fire. This kind of fire accident is the most common to occur and can be dealt with quite easily.
2. Class-B Fires
These fires are also called ‘liquid fires’ and involve a flammable liquid such as alcohol, petroleum, or propane.
These fires can ignite at any location where an ignitable liquid is stored. A stray spark or flame could light up these liquids and cause an accident.
You need to stop the oxygen supply to put out this type of fire. The use of water extinguishers can intensify these fires, and only Carbon dioxide, powder, or foam extinguishers should be used in a case of liquid fire. Consulting a Hot work service might be required depending on the severity of the Class-B fire situation.
3. Class-C Fires
Commonly known as ‘electric fires,’ they are classified as the most hazardous and destructive fires.
The cause of this fire might be faulty electric cords or appliances or old wiring.
In the case of an electric fire, the causative electric appliance or wire should be disconnected. Carbon dioxide and powder fire extinguishers work well on these fires. If the situation escalates, do not hesitate to call the Fire watch service to ensure the safety of everyone surrounding the incident.
4. Class-D Fires
Class-D fires are commonly known as ‘metal fires’ and involve flammable industrial or laboratory metals.
These fires mostly occur in an industrial setting and are caused by metal overheating and reacting with other chemicals.
The use of a water or foam extinguisher on a Class-D fire can likely result in an explosion. Only a dry powder fire extinguisher is to be used in the case of such fires.
When unsure, get in touch with FBY Security Services to handle any fire situation with the right tools and extinguishers to prevent serious fire damages.