Types of Fire Extinguishers
There are many different types of portable fire extinguishers, each one containing a different extinguishing agent based on its intended use. Each extinguisher will be labeled according to which classes of fire it is suitable for: Class A, B, C, or D, or a combination of each. In addition, it will also have a number before the class of fire indicating how much fire it should put out. The larger the number, the larger the fire it should extinguish. For example, a common multi-purpose residential fire extinguisher might have a rating of 1A:10B:C. Make sure you have the proper extinguisher for the right type of fire; otherwise, you could make the fire worse and put yourself in danger.
Fire extinguishers should be located where they are highly visible and within easy reach to maximize efficiency in extinguishing a fire while it is still small.