Fire Classes

Fire classes reveal which extinguishing agent is the most suitable for your needs. Due to their extinguishing effect, the extinguishing agents used in a fire extinguisher are suitable for certain types of fires, which are divided into fire classes A, B, C, D and F according to the European standard EN 2.

The fire classes are represented by the respective pictograms on each fire extinguisher. The colloquial name is often derived from the suitability of a fire extinguisher for certain fire classes. For example, an ABC extinguisher is suitable for fire classes A, B and C.

Fire class A

This class includes all fires involving solid materials, mainly of an organic nature, which normally burn with embers, such as wood, coal, paper, straw. Powder, foam, water and fat fire extinguishers are suitable as extinguishing agents.

Fire Class B

This includes fires of liquid and liquefying substances. These include e.g. B. gasoline, alcohol, tar, wax and many plastics that become liquid in a fire. Powder, foam and carbon dioxide extinguishers can be used as extinguishing agents.

Fire Class C

Fire class C stands for fires involving gases such as B. ethane, hydrogen, natural gas and propane. These fires can be extinguished with powder extinguishers.

Fire Class D

Fire class D refers to metal fires of e.g. aluminium, magnesium, lithium, sodium and potassium. There is a special extinguishing powder for this.

Fire Class F

Fire class F deals with fires involving cooking oil and fats. Special extinguishing agents were developed for this purpose in order to avoid grease explosions. The special Jockel grease fire extinguishers F6J Plus and F2J can not only be used effectively on grease fires, but also in fire classes A and B.

Fire Class E

With the introduction of the European standard EN2, fire class E for fires in electrical low-voltage systems (up to 1,000 volts) was abolished. All fire extinguishers that meet EN2 may be used in low-voltage systems provided the safety distance specified on the extinguisher is observed.

We have the right extinguisher for every area of application and all fire classes. Choose the right fire extinguisher according to your personal requirements:

Powder Extinguisher

Powder is the all-rounder among extinguishing agents. It forms a cloud of powder whose particles bring the fire to a standstill. Our powder extinguishers can be used universally in fire classes A, B and C.

Metal Fire Extinguisher

Metal fire extinguishers have a special powder extinguishing agent for extinguishing combustible light metals.

Foam Extinguisher

Foam extinguishers prevent the fire from spreading quickly. In addition, restrikes are largely suppressed.

Carbon Dioxide Extinguisher

The extinguishing agent CO ² extinguishes completely without leaving any residue and is therefore particularly suitable where no contamination may arise from the extinguishing agent, for example in EDP areas and laboratories.

Water Extinguisher

These are extinguishers with the extinguishing agent water, the effectiveness of which is increased by additives such as antifreeze and wetting agents.

Fat Fire Extinguisher

Grease fire extinguishers were developed to prevent grease explosions when extinguishing food grease fires. The F 6 J Plus grease fire extinguisher and the F 2 J household extinguisher from Jockel can not only be used effectively on grease fires, but also in fire classes A and B!

Proper use of fire extinguishers

Learn how to properly extinguish a fire in our post on extinguishing tactics .

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