2 Main standards for classifying fire

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Fire classification could be confusing atimes when you notice slight differences in fire classification, this slight differences is due to the fact that there are different standards for classifying fire.

This article will highlight these standards.

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There are majorly two standards for classifying fire based on their source of fuel.

1. American standard (NFPA) – National Fire Protections Agency
2. Australian standard

 

American standard (NFPA) for fire classification 

According to America standard (NFPA) there are five classes of fire which are following :-

1. Class A – (Solid fire) In this fire, combustible materials are wood, fabric, paper, trash, etc.
2. Class B – (Liquid fire) in this fire, combustible materials are oils and paints, kerosene, gasoline, etc.
3. Class C – (Electrical fire) in this fire combustible materials are Energised electrical equipment.
4. Class D – (Metal fire) in this fire combustible materials are titanium, magnesium, aluminum, potassium, etc.
5. Class K – (Kitchen fire) in this fire combustible materials are Cooking oils, fat, etc.

 

Australian standard for fire classification 

According to Australian standard there are six classes of fire which are following :-

1. Class A – (Solid fire) in this fire combustible materials are Wood, fabric, paper, trash, etc.
2. Class B – (Liquid fire) in this fire combustible materials are oils and paints, kerosene, gasoline, etc.
3. Class C – (Gaseous fire) in this fire combustible materials are Lpg, cng and propane.
4. Class D – (Metal fire) in this fire combustible materials are titanium, magnesium, aluminum, potassium, etc.
5. Class E – (Electrical fire) in this fire combustible materials are Energised electrical equipment.
6. Class F – (Kitchen fire) in this fire combustible materials are Cooking oils, fat, etc.

 

There is no need to be confused with these classification, what is important is to know the standard adopted in you country.

 

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