Fires are classified into groups that correspond with the types of extinguishers best used on them.
The types of fire have been classified into six categories:
Fires involving combustible materials such as paper, wood, and fabrics
Fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol and paint
Fires involving flammable gasses, for example, hydrogen, methane, and butane
Fires involving burning metals such as magnesium, potassium, or aluminium
Fires involving fats or cooking oils, such as those used in deep fat fryers
Fires caused by electrical equipment