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What’s Your Extinguisher Type?

December 20, 2015


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In an emergency, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property when used to put out a small fire. However, when it comes to extinguishers, one type does not fit all.

Did you know there are several types of fire extinguishers? Each one is designed to extinguish different kinds of fires:

A: For use with materials like cloth, wood, and paper;

A-B-C or B-C: Multi-purpose fire extinguishers best suited for home use. Most home improvement stores carry fire extinguishers that cover class A through class C;

B: For use with combustible and flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints;

C: For use with electrical equipment like appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in;

D: For use with flammable metals like aluminum, magnesium, and titanium; and

K: For use with vegetable oils, animal oils, and fats in cooking appliances.

Before using an extinguisher, please keep in mind that the U. S. Fire Administration recommends that only people trained in the proper use and maintenance of fire extinguishers consider using them when appropriate! Contact your local fire department for training information.

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