Sumary of Fire Extinguisher Types:
- This blog will address the different types of fire extinguishers by breaking them down by their extinguishing agent, which is the material inside the extinguisher that gets applied to the fire.
- Class of Fire Description Class A Fires Fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber, and many plastics.
- Water Water is the primary liquid used in these extinguishers, although sometimes other additives are also included.
- Certain types of water fire extinguishers contain antifreeze which will allow the extinguisher to be used in freezing conditions.
- Typical applications include operating rooms, museums, and book collections.
- Other typical applications are food preparation areas, laboratories, and printing or duplicating areas.
- Halogenated agent types Halon The bromochlorodifluoromethane (Halon 1211) fire extinguisher has an agent that is similar to carbon dioxide in that it is suitable for cold weather installation and leaves no residue.
- Dry chemical types Ordinary Dry Chemical The fire extinguishing agent used in these devices is a powder composed of very small particulates.