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What is a Powder Fire Extinguisher Used for?
Powder fire extinguishers are suitable for use on class A, B and C fires making them ideal for use in environments containing multiple fire risks. They are highly effective against petrol and volatile liquids which makes them ideal for vehicle protection.
What is a Class A Fire?
Class A fires are generally caused by a naked flame or items of high temperatures coming into contact with combustible, carbonaceous materials.
Almost all premises are at risk of Class A fires due to the widespread use of such materials. This includes offices, schools, warehouses, hospitals, and anywhere that uses or contains paper, cardboard, wood, etc.
There are several types of fire extinguishers that can be used on Class A fires. These are powder, foam, water and wet chemical.
What is a Class B Fire?
Class B fires occur when flammable liquids, such as petrol and spirits, are exposed to a source of ignition. These types of liquid are flammable by design and extremely volatile, if not stored safely.
Many settings, including restaurants, bars, garages, construction sites, laboratories, hospitals and petrol forecourts, are at particular risk of Class B fires and must keep suitable fire extinguishers on-site and mandatory fire safety signage to highlight the proper safety procedures of everyone onsite.
Fire extinguishers suitable for Class B fires are powder, CO2 and foam.
What is a Class C Fire?
Class C Fires involve flammable gases, such as propane and butane. Flammable gases must be stored correctly in sealed containers and only operated by a competent person.
Manufacturing and industrial warehouses, chemical plants or anywhere that stores large quantities of flammable gases are at particular risk of Class C fires.
Class C fires must be tackled using a powder fire extinguisher.
What Color is a Powder Fire Extinguisher?
Powder fire extinguishers display a blue label.