What Are Class C Fires?
A class C fire is an energized electrical fire.
“Class C” is a term that distinguishes a fire from class A and class B fires.
Class A is a category for fires consuming a source like fire or wood that can be extinguished with water, and class B fires are fueled by flammable liquids like gasoline.
What type of fuel is a Class C fire?
Class C fires are identified by the presence of a burning gas. The most common flammable gases involved in fires are propane, butane and methane, and they form the ‘fuel’ aspect of the fire triangle, which is required for the fire to start, spread and continue to burn.
What is Class C fire extinguisher?
Fire extinguishers with a Class C rating are suitable for fires in “live” electrical equipment. Both monoammonium phosphate and sodium bicarbonate are commonly used to fight this type of fire because of their nonconductive properties.
What are the 5 different classes of fire?
Classes of fire
- Class A – fires involving solid materials such as wood, paper or textiles.
- Class B – fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel or oils.
- Class C – fires involving gases.
- Class D – fires involving metals.
- Class E – fires involving live electrical apparatus. (
Can you use a foam extinguisher on a Class C fire?
Foam agents also separate the oxygen element from the other elements. Water extinguishers are for Class A fires only – they should not be used on Class B or C fires. The discharge stream could spread the flammable liquid in a Class B fire or could create a shock hazard on a Class C fire.