There are 5 classes of fire: Class A, B, C, D, and K.
ABC fire extinguishers can suppress Class A, B and C fires, hence the name “ABC fire extinguisher. Class A, Class B, and Class C fires are the some of the most common types of household fires.
Class A Fires are common combustibles such as wood, paper, plastic, cloth and rubber.
Class B fires are fires fueled by combustible liquids and gases. Examples of Class B combustible liquids include gasoline, car oil, and oil paints, Class B combustible gases include natural gas used for heating homes and the butane in your grandpa’s cigarette lighter.
Class C fires are fires originated by energized electrical sources. Examples include clothes dryers, space heaters, overloaded power boards, faulty wiring in your walls, and frayed extension cords.
One reason Class C fires have their own classification is that energized electrical sources should not be suppressed by water. Water is an electrical conduit, meaning you may electrify yourself if you attempt to fight the fire using water.
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