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Fire Extinguishers – Choose the Right Class

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Fire Extinguisher signNot all fire extinguishers are created equal.

It’s important to make sure that you are choosing the correct type of fire extinguisher based on where you need it and what type of materials you may be dealing with.

Fire extinguishers are divided into categories based on different types of fires.

A numeric rating serves as a guide for the amount of fire-fighting power of the fire extinguisher. The higher the number, the more the fire-fighting power.

They each also have a geometric symbol on them indicating the class of extinguisher it is.

Fire extinguisher

Green triangleClass A – ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth, trash and plastics.  Geometric symbol (green triangle)

Red SquareClass B – Flammable or Combustible Liquids such as gas, oil, kerosene, propane, paint, etc.  Geometric symbol (red square)

Blue CircleClass C – Fires involving electrical equipment such as appliances, wiring and outlets.  Geometric symbol (blue circle)

Yello DecagonClass D – Combustible metals such as potassium, sodium, aluminum and magnesium. Geometric symbol (yellow decagon)

Black HexagonClass K – Cooking oils and greases such as animal or vegetable fats.  Geometric symbol (black hexagon)

Some fires may involve a combination of these classifications.

Watch for our follow up blog with more information on the different types of fire extinguishers.

Contact one of our knowledgeable agents for a review of your policy to ensure you are properly covered from fire or request a quote at https://www.barrsinsurance.com/contact/inquiry-form/

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