Fire Extinguishers

What is the difference between ABC fire extinguishers and DCP fire extinguishers?

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September 21, 2007 3:26AM

ABC is the acronym for an extinguisher certified for A, B, and C type fires.

A is common fuels like wood, B is for flammable liquids, and C is for charged electrical fires.

DCP stands for Dry Chemical Powder, which is inside the extinguisher and is the actual fire suppressant.

Basically, DCP is a type of ABC Extinguisher. You can also get extinguishers for Type D (combustible metals), Type K (kitchen), and other specialized extinguishing agents (i.e. Halon). Or you can get a Type A extinguisher, AB, B, BC, ABC, and others even!