To the average person the science of fire extinguishish appears difficult. However, with some basic knowledge, the selection and use of a fire extinguisher can be made easy.
The following guide will walk you through the fire classifications, types of fires and information on how to choose and use the proper fire extinguisher. Commericial and industrial fire protection is mandated by code and specified minimum fire protection standards exist. Keep in mind that authorities having juristiction can increase the requirements in your area. The means to meeting the code and the liability for adequate fire protection is left to facility owners. You may also make a wise choice and increase your protection beyond code requirements. Be sure to contact your local authority having juristiction before installing any type of fire and safety product.
To make choosing a fire extinguisher easy, think in terms of CLASS of fire and TYPE of extinguishing agent. Fire extinguishers are desribed in terms of both Class and Type.