Choosing a fire extinguisher for your home is easy, you just go to the hardware store and buy one that’s on the shelf. But for commercial applications, the process is more complicated, especially when hazardous chemicals, restaurant kitchens, or sensitive equipment are part of the equation. If you’re tasked with choosing the right commercial fire extinguisher for your facility, here’s what you should take into consideration:

Assess Your Fire Hazards

Different fires require different extinguishers to put them out effectively and to minimize property damage and hazards to humans and the environment. There are a few main types of hazards and conditions which you should consider when making your assessment:

  • Electrical
  • Combustible solid materials
  • Combustible gases and liquids
  • Combustible or reactive metals
  • Cooking
  • Sensitive equipment
  • Hazardous materials

The presence of these conditions and hazards will determine which type of commercial fire extinguisher will be necessary and most effective for your facility and application.

Determine the Fire Extinguisher Class You Need

When it comes to commercial fire extinguishers, there are different classes. Each class is designed for specific types of fires and applications, so it’s crucial to choose the right class. Here’s a breakdown of the right fire extinguisher class for each fire type/application


Fire Extinguisher Class

Commercial Kitchens Class K Wet Chemical
Healthcare facilities, hospitals and sensitive equipment Water Mist or Clean Agent
Offices ABC Dry Chemical
Laboratories and cleanrooms Carbon Dioxide, Metal/Sand (depending on the type of fire)

Whether you’re building a new facility or upgrading an old one, fire extinguishers are a must. Let Vanguard help you choose the right fire extinguisher for your building. We can also help train employees on how to use fire extinguishers properly, to keep everyone safe in the event of a fire. For more information on the variety of fire extinguishers we sell, and our fire extinguisher training course, be sure to get in touch.

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