I have been told that I need a “2A10BC” fire extinguisher- what does this mean?
Each fire extinguisher is “rated” and stated on its label. If you have been told that you need a fire extinguisher with a “2A-10BC” “rating” this would be the minimum requirement to comply.
These ratings are assigned by UL or ULC (an independent body) as a means of measuring the effectiveness of the unit, for each class/type of fire.
This “rating” will act as guide in selecting a suitable fire extinguisher for your situation. You can determine from this “rating” that you require a multi-purpose (ABC) fire extinguisher. When you check the label, you will find that most 5lb ABC fire extinguishers will meet or exceed this rating, where anything smaller-will not. For example the rating “3A-10BC” will have a greater fire fighting capability than the rating “2A-10BC”, for class “A” fires-wood, paper, trash.