A fire extinguisher saves lives and property if used properly against small fires. Follow these tips for selecting and using a fire extinguisher.
Optimize your fire fighting success by pairing the correct extinguisher with its associated fire type.
Type A: Combustible Materials
Type B: Combustible Liquids
Type C: Electrical
Fire extinguishers come in two types: Rechargeable and Disposable. Rechargeable extinguishers may be reused after service. Disposable extinguishers must be replaced after the pin is pulled.
Experts recommend storing at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. So, it’s probably makes sense to store Type A Extinguishers close to living areas. But what about the kitchen or garage, where it’s likely that a mix of flammable materials and sources combine? Combination A-B-C Fire Extinguishers are available for general use and work wonderfully in home applications.
Select the largest size extinguisher you and your family members can lift and operate. Of course, once you have your new fire extinguisher(s) home, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement, mounting and proper use.
For safe operation of most household fire extinguishers, remember the word PASS!
Fire safety professionals offer these additional tips:
For more information on creating an evacuation plan for your family, read our guide.