A chemical reaction that gives off light and heat; generated through many sources, essential for daily activities, both domestic and commercial alike.
The different sources of fire distinguish their purposes and most importantly, how they should be handled in cases of emergency. Unfortunately, a whole lot of people are not aware of this fact and due to this, a lot of fire accidents were never effectively handled, resulting in loss of lives and properties.
In this article, I will be taking you on the different classes of fire, and subsequently, we will be enlightened on the right kind of extinguishers suited for the different classes of fire
The classifications are broken down into the types of materials that are on fire and are classified by letters ranging from A to F.
CLASS A- Solids. Includes materials such as wood, plastic, and paper.
CLASS B- Flammable Liquids. Examples:Oil, Paraffin, Petrol.
CLASS C- Flammable Gases. Examples: Methane, Butane, Propane.
CLASS D- Metals. Examples:Magnesium, Titanium, Aluminum.
CLASS E- Electrical fires.
CLASS F- Cooking oil and fat. Example: Grease fires.
A forehand knowledge of these different classes plays an important role as there are certain chemicals that should be used to put out certain types of fires. There are guidelines that state that every fire extinguisher should be red in color. However, there is a 5 percent zone allowed that can be color-coded so that you can tell the difference in the contents of a specific fire extinguisher.
In our next article, we will be going over the kinds of extinguisher for different classes of fire