A fire is a fire, right? There is not much to differentiate one from the other… or is there? Well, the truth is that while fires might look similar, the material that is burning could have a big impact both on how the fire behaves and how you should go about extinguishing it.
While most of us might be aware that you shouldn’t use water on a fire in grease in the kitchen, it might be a little more difficult to know what type of fire extinguisher to use for a certain type of fire. In fact, many might not be aware that there are different types of fire extinguishers that are labeled with the letters A through D and K. The letter will let you know what type of fire they are meant for, but fortunately, there are some that are combined and will carry a combination of letters.
The ones that you are most likely to encounter in a home setting are A, B, and C which are for wood products, gasoline, and electrical fires, but there are some that are specifically for kitchens or labs that work with combustible metals. If you have a combination ABC extinguisher in your home, you should be all set.

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