Use the right one at the right time.
Fire extinguishers are labeled according to type of fire they’re designed to put out.
- Class A fires consist of ordinary combustibles, such as wood, paper or cloth, and can be put out with water.
- Class B fires consist of flammable liquids. Dry-chemical extinguishers are usually used.
- Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment. Water can’t be used because it conducts electricity and can deliver a shock. Carbon dioxide and dry-chemical extinguishers are best.
- Class D fires involve combustible metals. Special dry-compound powders are used.
Using the wrong type of extinguisher, or using one improperly, could cause additional injuries and property damage. Know the difference.
And that’s smart safety.
For additional information or guidance, contact your safety office.