Fires are classified by the materials (or fuel) that they burn.
There are five formal classifications of fire and one unofficial classification:
The correct fire extinguisher or fire extinguishing method must be used on each class of fire. If the wrong type of extinguisher is used you may intensify the fire or make the situation more dangerous.
Take a look at the table below to see which extinguisher to use on each class of fire.
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