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Home safety: A basic guide to the different classes of fire extinguishers

by Ted Stumpf 09/17/2023

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A fire extinguisher is an essential safety tool to have at home. However, many homeowners are unaware of the different types of fire extinguishers and how they work. Here is a quick guide to the various classes of fire extinguishers based on the types of fire they can handle:

Class A fires

Class A fires are those that occur with regular materials like cloth, wood, paper, rubber and types of plastic.

Class B fires

Class B fires are fires from flammable or combustible liquids such as oil, solvents, alcohols and oil-based paints.

Class C fires

A class C fire is a fire started by or involving energized electrical equipment.

Class D fires

Fires involving combustible metals like sodium, lithium, potassium and magnesium are considered class D fires.

Class K fires

Class K fires are similar to class B fires, but specifically involve combustible cooking media like animal fats and oils.

With all the classes of fire and corresponding extinguishing materials, how do you know which type of fire extinguisher is best for your home? Luckily, there is a standard type of extinguisher known as an ABC extinguisher. These can be used on class A, B and C fires, which are the most common fires to occur at home.

An ABC fire extinguisher is appropriate for use in home kitchen fires involving flammable liquids, even though cooking oil fires have their own class. This is because fire extinguishers specifically meant for class K fires are meant for use in commercial or industrial settings rather than home kitchens.

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Even though you aren't likely to encounter certain classes of fire in the home, the more you know about fire extinguisher types, the better prepared you can be in case of an emergency.

About the Author

Ted Stumpf

Ted draws energy and joy from building synergetic relationships with his Clients. Ted's nature is graciously gregarious and persevering; he's honest; and he's been dedicated to a substantial list of clientele throughout his 25 years in the hospitality business and almost two years as a REALTOR. His passion is creating a sincere, successful relationship with people.

Ted grew up in a family of Realtors in central Indiana, earned a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and jumped into all aspects of the restaurant business. His ensuing hospitality career path eventually led him into the Event Management Sales & Service role in hotels and quickly guided him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally to a luxury resort in the Napa Valley, where he, his husband, and their dog have resided for almost a decade now.  

The irony is not lost on Ted that his ‘growth’ journey has culminated in“living happily ever after” in an agricultural area with a small-town feel and sense of community strikingly reminiscent of his youth…and as a REALTOR nonetheless!