Quickly and Safely Fire suppression 101
Did you know there were 4 Different types of fires?
- Class A
- Solid Materials
These are the easiest to put out, and the best way to put them out is using water, ex. a water hose or a bucket full of water. A foam fire extinguisher would also be a great option on Class A fires.
- Class B
- Flammable Liquids
- grease (cooking grease)
NEVER EVER use WATER on a Class B fire. This will cause the flaming material to scatter rather than extinguish it. The best course of action is using a powder like baking soda, or a carbon dioxide extinguisher. A foam fire extinguisher would also work.
- Class C
- old wiring
- fault equipment
- bad/damaged wiring
First, shut off power to the electrical fire. That could be as easy as shutting off a breaker, or unplugging the appliance. Then use a carbon dioxide or dry powder to extinguish the flames if they remain or if any appeared.
- Class D (uncommon)
- metal ignition
- mainly in laboratories or industrial type buildings
The best course of action is to use a fire extinguisher if the fire is small enough, otherwise call 911 and evacuate the area.