Within this standard it is stated that the selection of fire extinguishers for a given situation is determined by the following:
- the character and size of the fires anticipated to be encountered.
- the construction and occupancy of the property to be protected.
- the ambient temperature of the area where the extinguisher will be located.
- other factors that may dictate the selection of a particular type of extinguisher.
Typically, proper fire extinguishers selection is based on the hazard(s) the extinguishers are intended to protect. The Following is a list Classifications that have been established to categorize these hazards as follows: