Fire Extinguishers

Types, Classes, Uses, Colour and How it Works

Fire risks vary from place to place, and it’s essential to match your fire extinguishers to your unique needs. Not sure if your current fire extinguishers are the right fit? We’ll conduct a free site survey for you!

Some fire extinguishers can be dangerous if used in the wrong situation. That’s why it’s important to consider the risk of someone grabbing the wrong one in a moment of panic. Creating a tailored specification can help prevent such dangerous situations.

There are typically six types of fire extinguishers, these are Dry ABC powder, Carbon Dioxide, Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Foam, Water, Water Mist, and Wet Chemical. Each type is used to fight specific fire classes. Refer to the chart to determine which fire extinguisher is the right choice for your requirements.

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Fire Extinguisher types, classes, and their uses chart

Colour Code of Fire Extinguishers

In offices and public establishments, you’ve probably encountered fire extinguishers positioned near entrances or fire exit routes. Sometimes, you might notice multiple red fire extinguishers clustered together, which can initially make them difficult to distinguish from one another. However, it is vital to be able to differentiate between them in case of emergencies.

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Five different types of Fire Extinguisher

There are five different fire extinguisher colors: Red, Cream, Blue, Black, and Yellow. Each of these colors signifies a particular type of fire extinguisher. Let’s define the meaning of these colors, as indicated in the chart below.

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Fire Extinguisher Colour Code chart

Other Types of Fire Extinguisher

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ABC Powder Fire Extinguishers

Classes of Fire: A, B, C, E

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CO2 Fire Extinguishers

Classes of Fire: B, E

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Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Fire Extinguisher

Classes of Fire: A, B

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Water Fire Extinguishers

Classes of Fire: A

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Water Mist Fire Extinguishers

Classes of Fire: A, B, C, E, F

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Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers

Classes of Fire: A, F

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Class - D Fire Extinguishers

Classes of Fire: F

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Contempo Fire Extinguishers

Class of Fire: A

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