There are four types of household extinguishers:

The manufacturer’s use and care booklet provides guidance on the type and size of fire with which your extinguisher may be used. The booklet also provides tips on how to properly use and maintain your extinguisher.


Extinguisher ratingIntended use
Type AFor use on fires involving combustible materials such as wood, cloth and paper.
Type BFor use on flammable liquid fires, including kitchen grease. Never use water on this type of fire!
Type CFor use in fires involving energized electrical equipment.
Type ABC Works on all three types of fires listed above.