Do you know how to identify and neutralize any fire? Not all fires are created equal. Using one method to put out a fire could cause another fire to rapidly spread like wildfire.

5 Classes Of Fire

  • Class A
  • Class B
  • Class C
  • Class D
  • Class K

According to the NFPA, there were 355,400 home fires each year between 2012 and 2016. They happen and they happen more than they should. Knowing the types of fires and which fire extinguisher to use on the specific type of fire can save lives and your home.

The 5 Different Types Of Fires

There are three common classes of fires and two special types of fires.

Classes A, B, and C are the common ones. D and K are special classes of fire that are more unlikely to occur in a home. But we still want to know what they are and how to put them out.

Class A

Typically marked with a green triangle.

Fires fueled by ordinary flammable materials. Wood and paper and some plastics.

Class B

Fires caused by combustible liquids.

Such as:

  • Gasoline
  • Oil
  • Some gasses

Class C

Class C fires are marked with a Blue circle.

Fires caused by electrical equipment.

Class D

A yellow star is the fire mark for this class.

Fires caused by Combustible metals

Usually, occur in chemical laboratories and machine shops.

Class K

Class K is marked with a black hexagon.

Fires caused in kitchen fires caused by cooking oils or fats.

Conclusion

Knowing how to identify these fires will enable you to act quickly if you find yourself in a heated survival situation.

Have you ever had to put out an electrical fire?

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Fire Safety Guide: The 5 Classes of Fire
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