Useful Information

Class of Fire
Details
Extinguisher Description
Extinguisher WARNING
Other Extinguishing
Agents That Can Be Used
Class A
 

A Fire involving materials that leave an ash residue such as:

°  paper, wood
°  fabrics
°  rubber
°  plastics, etc.
Water Extinguisher
Contains 9 liters of water,
stored under pressure, 
Jet of water approx. 6 meters.
Removes the heat from the fire.
This extinguisher must not be used on or near:

°  electrical equipment
°  flammable liquids
°  cooking oil.





A D/P, CO2 & Foam
Class B
A Fire involving flammable liquids such as:
°  petrol
°  oils
°  grease
°  ethylated spirits, etc.
Foam Extinguisher
Contains a water and foam
solution under pressure
A blanket of foam seals off the
flammable vapors and oxygen.

Jet of foam is approx. 5 meters.
This extinguisher must not be used on or near
electrical equipment.






Warning:  Flashback re-ignition is possible when using a D/P or CO2 extinguisher.
Class C
A Fire involving
flammable gases
such as:
°  LP Gas
°  hydrogen gas
°  natural gas
°  acetate, etc.
Dry chemical Powder (DP) Extinguisher
The dry chemical powder
extinguishes the fire by
excluding oxygen and
interrupting the chemical
reaction of the fire.

Period of operation dependent
upon size. 
Fire involving flammable gases should not be extinguished until gas can be shut off.

It may be hazardous to remain in an enclosed space when a dry chemical extinguisher is discharged.
May cause damage to sensitive or delicate equipment.
 
Class D
A Fire involving
flammable metals
such as:

°  magnesium
°  sodium, etc.
Specialized Dry Chemical
A specialized dry chemical
powder is required. 

Generally found in laboratories
and foundries.

NB:  Color may vary according
to manufacturer and type of contents. 
Specialist training required for this particular extinguisher. 

Note: Contact your local fire
 service for further advice.


 
Class E
A Fire involving
electrical equipment
such as:

°  switch boards
°  electric motors
°  televisions, ° computer etc.
Dry Chemical Powder and Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Extinguishers the fire by
excluding the oxygen.
These fires should always be treated as electrically ALIVE.
Isolate the power supply.
It may be hazardous to remain in an enclosed space when a CO2 extinguisher is discharged.
 
Note:  Vaporizing liquid extinguishers can be used on Classs A & B Fires.
Class F
Fires involving:

°  cooking oil
°  fats, etc.
Wet Chemical Extinguisher
The wet chemical is applied like foam to seal the surface of the cooking oil.

Generally found in industrial type kitchens.
Specialist training required for this particular extinguisher. 

Warning:  Must have appropriate rating for cooking oil & fat fires

 (Rating-B:(E) Only).

A Fire Blanket can be used to extinguish the fire.

In addition, Victorian Fir Protection is a sponsor of   "Melbourne Body Corporate Menagement"  and has worked closely in this industry for many years. Our list of customers is varied and extensive - from small business right through to large residential and commercial buildings, including public  and private organisation, and schools. (Client endorsements are available on request)