Unfortunately, many business owners don’t go far enough in developing a business fire safety plan because they assume that one size fits all. Just like one size uniform doesn’t fit all of your employees, one fire extinguisher doesn’t fit every type of business. What type of fire extinguisher is the right fit for your business to protect your property and employees?
Class A Fires
These fires are ordinary combustibles made of common flammable materials like wood, textiles, plastics, and trash. Class A fires are very common throughout residential and commercial properties and many different industries. Class A fires are typically extinguished with water or monoammonium phosphate fire extinguishers.
Class B Fires
Class B fires are started with a flammable liquid or gas, like petroleum-based oils, paints, kerosene, gasoline, or propane. Many commercial industries have Class B fires due to their usage of fuels and lubricants in their daily operations. These types of fires are typically extinguished by removing oxygen from the area and fire extinguishers with fuel-specific chemical reactions.
Class C Fires
Class C fires have electrical components or electrical equipment involved. This electrical equipment can include motors, appliances, and electronic transformers. Many different industrial facilities have Class C fires due to energy use and the heavy electronic equipment present in their workspaces. The best fire extinguisher for Class C fires is cutting the power supply and using a non-conductive fire extinguisher to put out the blaze.
Class D Fires
Class D fires are caused by combustible metal like titanium, magnesium, aluminum, or potassium. Class D fires are very common in lab and industrial environments, but they can occur in other areas that aren’t used to working with these dangerous flammable metals. Class D fires are best put out using a dry powder fire extinguisher designed to handle these blazes.
Class K Fires
Class K fires are specific to kitchens and restaurants and very common throughout the country. Cooking fuels can include a wide variety of gases and liquids. Wet chemical fire extinguishers are the most effective and popular method for putting out these dangerous fires before they have the chance to spread.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience with design, installation, service, and inspection of residential and commercial fire protection systems. We service clients throughout the Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.