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Which Fire Extinguisher?

If you suspect a fire, make sure everyone is safely out of any danger and call the fire brigade immediately. However, commercial premises need to ensure that they have working fire extinguishers and these may be particularly appropriate to tackle small outbreaks and prevent more extensive damage.

With many different types of fire extinguisher to choose from, how do you know which ones you need? Whilst each is intended for a specific type of fire and situation, some can be used on more than one type of fire hazard so it's helpful to know a little more than just the classification.

RJA Electrical, Fire & Security can provide you with expert advice on this and other aspects of fire safety and this is the best way forward. However, many people find it helpful to have done a little advance reading so that they can make a more informed choice. RJA Electrical, Fire & Security are providing you with this summary of the main types of fire extinguisher for this purpose. Contact us to find out more and place your order.

Main Types of Fire Extinguisher

Water Fire Extinguishers

Class A fires - wood, straw, paper, coal, and other common flammable materials.

Foam Fire Extinguishers

Suitable for use on a Class A fire as above and also a Class B fire. Class B fires concern flammable liquids. If the fire involves petrol or paint, it is a Class B fire and can be tackled with foam.

CO2 Fire Extinguishers (Carbon Dioxide)

Carbon Dioxide fire extinguishers are intended for electrical hazards but can also be used when tackling a flammable liquid fire (Class B risk).

Powder Fire Extinguishers

If you are operating in an environment where there could be threats from flammable liquids, gas, electrical sources, and common flammable, Class A, materials, a Powder Fire Extinguishers could be a good choice for your as they can tackle various types of fire.

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers

Are cooking oil and fat a risk for you? A Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher is what is needed for this type of fire, including chip pan or deep fat fryer fires. This type of extinguisher can also be used with Class A fires.


Before you place your order, there are a few other considerations you will need to turn your attention to:

Get in touch with RJA Electrical, Fire & Security for expert advice on all of the above today and make fire safety one of your highest priorities now.