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Table of Contents                                                                    Wet Chemical  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 8
                                                                                     Carbon Dioxide .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  7
             Explanation of Fire Classes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 2                   Halotron  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  7
             Explanation of UL Ratings  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 2                  Wheeled Units .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 7
             How To Use a Fire Extinguisher  .  .  .  .  .  3                        Cabinets/Escape Ladders .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  8
             Agents, NFPA Recommendations .  .  .  .  . 3                            Optional Brackets  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  9
             Dry Chemical Disposable Line .  .  .  .  .  .  4
             Dry Chemical Rechargeable Line  .  .  .  .  5
             Water  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 6

An Explanation of Fire Classes & UL Ratings

   CLASSIFICATIONS OF TYPES OF FIRES

Classification symbols are located on each fire extinguisher label and are used to identify the type of fire on which
the extinguisher can be used.

                                    FIRE EXTINGUISHER SYMBOLS, CLASSIFICATIONS & AGENTS

        CLASS A fires involve common                                                 ABC Dry Chemical (Multipurpose)
        combustibles such as wood, paper,                                            Halotron | Water | Foam
        cloth, rubber, trash and plastics.
                                                                                     ABC Dry Chemical (Multipurpose)
        CLASS B fires involve flammable liquids,                                     BC Dry Chemical (Regular and Purple K)
        solvents, oil, gasoline, paints, lacquers                                    Carbon Dioxide | Halotron | Foam
        and other oil-based products.
                                                                                     ABC Dry Chemical (Multipurpose)
        CLASS C fires involve energized electrical                                   BC Dry Chemical (Regular and Purple K)
        equipment such as wiring, controls,                                          Carbon Dioxide | Halotron
        motors, machinery or appliances.
                                                                                     Wet Chemical
        CLASS K fires involve combustible cooking
        media such as oils and grease commonly
        found in commercial kitchens.

NOTE: Although ABC and BC Dry Chemical extinguishers can control fires involving electronic equipment, the National
Fire Protection Association Standard for portable extinguishers (NFPA-10) advises against dry chemical extinguishers for
fires involving delicate electronic equipment due to potential damage and clean up issues presented with agent residues.

UL RATINGS - WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

        An extinguisher’s rating is       3-A is approximately three times more      out approximately four times as
                                          powerful against Class A fires than one    much Class B fire as a 2-A:10-B:C
        not based on its size. It is the  rated 1-A.                                 extinguisher will put out.

LISTED  measure of its fire-fighting      A 10-B:C extinguisher puts out             Class C has no numerical rating and
        capability. This rating is        approximately twice as much                means the extinguisher is safe for use
                                          Class B fire as one rated 5-B:C. A         on live electrical equipment (the
assigned after testing by Underwriters    3-A:40-B:C extinguisher will put           agent will not conduct electricity).

Laboratories, Inc., and is shown on the

label as a number followed by a letter.

For example, an extinguisher rated

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