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There are several types of portable fire extinguishers available.

Each type of extinguisher may be rated for one or more classes of fire, although in some cases, an extinguisher may have limited use on a particular class of fire. They can be dangerous if used on a fire for which the extinguisher is not designed. Water, Foam, and Wet Chemical extinguishers should not be used on electrical fires.

The Classes of fire are: -

  • Class A Ordinary Combustible
  • Class B Flammable and Combustible liquids
  • Class C Flammable Gases
  • Class D Combustible metals
  • Class E Electrically energised equipment
  • Class F Cooking oils and fats

Portable fire extinguishers are distinguishable by their labels and their colouring. In 1997 the Standard Colours of some portable extinguishers were changed.

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