Did you know that there are several different types of fire extinguishers? In fact, a fire extinguisher that might work perfectly fine on one fire might not work on another one, or even make it worse.
There are 5 different fire classifications, and you will find markings on your fire extinguisher to let you know what types it can be used on.
Type A fire is a regular wood based material fire. Type B is when you have a fire in gasoline, motor oil or other liquids based on petroleum. Type C fires are electrical, which means that using water will put you at risk for electrocution. Type D fire is one that you most likely will never need to deal with. It is in combustible metals usually found in laboratories, such as magnesium and potassium. Type K fires are common in kitchens. They start in fats, such as grease from a fryer or animal fats.