You know that fire extinguishers come in different sizes for different purposes. But did you know that commercial fire extinguishers can have different labels, too? These labels specifically explain how an extinguisher is to be used. Understanding commercial fire extinguisher labels can help you take quicker action when it comes to putting out a fire. As a fire protection leader in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, AllFire Services wants you to know how to read these labels so you’ll be prepared when it matters most.

First, there are three different types of labels on commercial fire extinguishers: A, B, and C. Each label refers to the type of fire hazard that the extinguisher is designed to handle. Some extinguishers have more than one of these classifications.

  • Label A: Commercial fire extinguishers with label A are designed to handle combustibles (such as pieces of cloth, trash, wood, and paper) that have caught fire.
  • Label B: A device with a B label is designed to put out fires caused by flammable liquids. For example, these fire extinguishers are used to stop fires involving gasoline and cooking oil. If the fire is in liquid form, always remember to use a label B extinguisher.
  • Label C: Fire extinguishers with a C label are made for use with electrical fires.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to use the right extinguisher for the particular type of fire you’re fighting. Ignoring a label and using the wrong type doesn’t just mean the fire won’t go out. It could also cause the fire to spread, increasing the chances of injury and property damage.

Working with a Carolina fire protection company is the best way to make sure you have the best fire extinguisher for your company’s needs. AllFire Services has all types of commercial fire extinguishers for sale. We can also design a complete fire suppression system for your company. Call our Rock Hill, SC office and let us help you create the safest environment possible for your employees and customers.