What type of fire extinguisher should I buy?
You never think about the little things before it’s too late – purchasing the right fire extinguisher is one of those things. Using the wrong type of extinguisher on a fire can actually do more damage then good, so it’s important to plan ahead when purchasing fire
extinguishers. There are four types of household extinguishers, and the
manufacturer’s use and care booklet will show you the type and
size of fire with which your extinguisher may be used. The booklet will also tips on how to properly use and maintain your extinguisher.
Four Types of Household Extinguishers Ratings:
- Type A: For use on fires involving combustible materials such as wood, cloth and paper
- Type B: For use on flammable liquid fires, including kitchen grease. Never use water to extinguish this type of fire!
- Type C: For use in fires involving energized electrical equipment.
- Type ABC: For use on all types of fires listed above.
Next time you are in the market to purchase a fire extinguisher, keep those ratings in mind!