Prevent Fire Damage and Fire Restoration with…a Fire Extinguisher!

In our last post we talked about the proper fire extinguisher to combat a kitchen cooking fire, or grease fire.  Every kitchen should have a Class K fire extinguisher as the last line, for the first line off defense, against a devastating house fire…YOU!

Today we’re going to begin talking about a couple different types of fires, what they burn, how they’re rated and the extinguisher used to fight them. There are four basic classes of fire extinguisher used to combat five different types of fires.

The first fire we’ll touch upon is a Class A fire.  This fire burns using ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard, and most plastics, and you can use a Class A fire extinguisher to fight this type of fire.  On the extinguisher itself, there is a number rating and a symbol.  The number rating tells you how large a fire the extinguisher can handle (the bigger the number, the larger the fire in both gallons for a class A and square footage for a class B) and it can be easily identified by the geometric symbol of a green triangle displayed on the extinguisher.

The next fire is a Class B fire (Yay…we completed our foreshadow!  lol).  This fire burns using flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease and oil, and you should use a class B fire extinguisher to fight this type of fire.  There is a rating on the extinguisher itself which denotes the size of fire, in square footage, that can be extinguished.  I.E. – if the extinguisher says 1-A: 10-B: C; that would mean that that extinguisher can handle class A, B and C fires, which is common for most house hold fire extinguishers.  If you take the number in front of the A, and multiply it by 1.25, that will give you the extinguishing capabilities in gallons of water.  The 10 in front of the B tells you that an ordinary person can extinguish a fire of approximately 10 square feet.  As long as the burning puddle of gas in your garage is less than 10 s.f., that extinguisher should handle it.

Many household fire extinguishers are now sold with a pictorial representation of the fires it can be used on.

Now… notice there was no number in front of the C in our example above… Why?  Why would both the A and B have a designation for size but not the C?  Hmmmm… You’ll have to check back in the next few days to find out why!

Phoenix Restoration & Environmental Services specializes in the restoration of fire damaged homes and businesses.  We are located in the West End of Monroe County, and we’re proud to service the northeast Pennsylvania region; The Poconos, The Slate Belt and The Lehigh Valley.  CALL TODAY @ 570-269-5029, for any fire, smoke, mold and water remediation, restoration or removal needs.  We treat your home, as our own.