Water is the most commonly used Fire Extinguisher for Class A fires involving carbonaceous materials such as wood, paper textile. Water extinguishers cool the fire by removing the heat needed to sustain burning.

Advantages: Water is usually inexpensive and readily available. It is an effective extinguishant for Class A fires.

Disadvantages: Water is only suitable for Class A fires. It may be dangerous on other classes of fires and must not be used on fires involving energized electrical equipment.

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