Fire Extinguisher Types
This is probably the most important category to know before picking out a fire extinguisher. There are five types of fire extinguishers: A, B, C, D, and K. Each type works against different types of materials. Depending on what kind of business you run will influence what kind of fire extinguisher is right for you. Also depending on your business (for instance, if you run a hotel), you may need different extinguisher types for different areas.
Type A Fire Extinguisher
Works against ordinary combustibles like paper, wood, fabric and trash. Would be suitable for a bookstore, furniture store, or office space.
Type B Fire Extinguisher
Works on flammable liquids like gasoline, paint, and grease. Would be suitable for a gas station, home improvement store, or mechanic.
Type C Fire Extinguisher
Works on fires in “live” electrical equipment. Would be suitable for an electronics store, radio station, or salon.
Type D Fire Extinguisher
Works on flammable metals. Would be suitable for laboratory environments.
Type K Fire Extinguisher
Works on kitchen combustibles, like fats, grease, and oils. Would be suitable for kitchen and restaurant environments.