Fire Products

Fire Types

 To have an understanding of the different types of fire is essential in knowing which is the right product for your environment. Each classification (A to F) refers to the material that is burning and any accelerant that may be involved, and in some cases only one specific fire extinguisher is appropriate.

Class A

  • Materials – Solids, such as wood, paper and plastic.
  • Extinguisher(s) – Water, foam, dry powder and wet chemical units are all appropriate for a Class A fire.
  • Colour(s) – Red (water), cream (foam), blue (dry powder), yellow (wet chemical).


Class B

  • Materials – Flammable liquids, such as paraffin, petrol, oil etc.
  • Extinguisher(s) – Foam, dry powder, CO2 gas.
  • Colour(s) – Cream (foam), blue (dry powder), black (CO2 gas).


Class C

  • Materials – Flammable gases, such as propane, butane, methane etc.
  • Extinguisher(s) – Dry powder.
  • Colour(s) – Blue (dry powder).

Class D

  • Materials – Burning metals, such as aluminium, magnesium, titanium etc.
  • Extinguisher(s) – M28/L2 dry powder.
  • Colour(s) – Blue (M28/L2 dry powder).

Class E

  • Materials – Fires involving electrical apparatus.
  • Extinguisher(s) – Dry powder (although may leave residue that can damage electrics), CO2 gas.
  • Colour(s) – Blue (dry powder), black (CO2 gas).

Class F

  • Materials – Cooking oil, fats etc.
  • Extinguisher(s) – Wet chemical.
  • Colour(s) – Yellow (wet chemical).