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The Difference Between Class K Fire Extinguishers vs. ABC Fire Extinguishers

This entry is part of 16 in the series Fire Prevention

There is a grease fire that started on your commercial cooking line. You look back to find two fire extinguishers sitting on the wall. One is a silver fire extinguisher and the other is a common red fire extinguisher. You inspect them a little closer and notice that the silver one is marked as a class K fire extinguisher and the red one is marked as an ABC fire extinguisher. Which fire extinguisher should you use? Before we answer that question, let’s get into what each of the letters mean.

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Importance of Class K Fire Extinguishers

Restaurant kitchen fires can lead to employee and customer injuries, total destruction of your building, and may place a significant financial burden on your business until operations are restored. From 2007 to 2011, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has reported 32,272 non-residential cooking equipment fires which have resulted in 21 fatalities, 428 injuries and $185 million in property damage.

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