Classes of Fires

This 3 minute safety training video covers: How fire extinguishers works, how to properly extinguish a fire, what are the different types of substances used to extinguish fires, how to choose the best type of extinguishing agent, what are the four classes of fires, how to tell what classes of fire an extinguisher can be used with and what do the symbols on fire extinguisher mean. Click here to watch the 18 minute full length version.

Atlantic Training’s Using Fire Extinguishers safety DVD program Covers the usage of various types of fire extinguishers, including general ABC fire extinguishers and industry specific fire extinguishers. This program also covers the basic science behind how fire extinguishers combat fire and where to store fire extinguishers for easy access.

Program Points:

  • The locations where fire extinguishers are required by law.
  • Storing fire extinguishers in areas that can be easily accessed.
  • How to conduct fire extinguisher inspections and maintenance.
  • Fire extinguisher inspection requirements by the NFPA.
  • The science behind a fire.
  • The various types of chemicals and substances that are used to extinguish fire.
  • How to choose the best type of extinguishing agent for each of the four classes of fires.
  • The most common type of ‘general use’ fire extinguisher and its major pros/cons.
  • The pro’s/cons of various industry specific fire extinguishers.
  • How to know when to extinguish a fire and when you should seek professional help.
  • The untold dangers of smoke inhalation.
  • Using the P.A.S.S (PASS) method to extinguish a fire. Seeking safety after attempting to extinguish a fire
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Video Transcript

Fire extinguishers work by applying substances that interrupt the "chain reaction," either cooling a fire, depriving it of oxygen, or both. There are many different types of substances that are used to extinguish fires. To extinguish a fire you must apply an extinguishing agent that is compatible with the materials that are burning. Fires have traditionally been separated into four "classes," to help identify what agents can be used to extinguish them: Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D.