Do You Know the 5 Different Classes of Fires?

In the event of a fire, it’s important to be able to determine what type or class that fire is. This will help you understand how serious the situation is and whether or not you should evacuate your building. There are five types of fires: A, B, C, D, and E. The five classes of fires are classified by both their response level and their potential for harm. In this blog post, we will discuss five types of fires in detail so that if a fire does break out at your business or home you can take immediate action!

The Five Classes

Class A fires are the most common and also the least serious. This type of fire is characterized by fuel such as bits of paper, wood, or coal that’s burning in a fireplace or trash can for example. In order to put out this class A fire, you would need water from a hose, bucket, or hydrant depending on what was available at hand!

Class B fires consist of flammable liquids including kerosene, gasoline, and oil among other things which are actively spilling onto combustible material like clothing fabrics for instance. The appropriate response level here would be to evacuate your home immediately if it has caught on fire inside because it can spread very quickly due to its high volatility. Extinguishing types of flames will require water or foam.

Class C fires are electrical in nature, so they’re caused by electricity that ignites combustible material like paper and wood for instance. They can be put out with water if the fire is small but otherwise you should evacuate your home immediately because of its unpredictable nature which makes it hard to fight.

Class D fires consist of combustible metals such as magnesium and titanium among other things that have been ignited by a heat source such as an oxy-acetylene torch for example. The appropriate response level would depend on what type of materials were being used at the time since this class requires special knowledge about how materials burn depending on their composition before taking any action against them! You may need different types of extinguishants such as sand, graphite powder or sodium bicarbonate to put out this type of fire.

Class E fires are the most serious and include flammable gases like propane and methane. The ignition point for these types of fires is usually very small so they can easily become an inferno if not contained! This class often takes place in industrial settings where there’s a lot of potential fuel sources. The appropriate response would be to evacuate your home immediately because of the high-level danger that these fires present! Extinguishing methods may vary but could involve specialized equipment like gas suppression systems.

Why it Matters

Understanding the five classes of fires is important because it will determine how you’ll need to fight the fire and what kind of response level is required. There is no need for a fire to ruin everything, and the more you prepare, the better your response can be if it happens.