Fire extinguishers are used to control or extinguish a small fire that is not growing rapidly.
- A minimum 2A-10B:C portable fire extinguisher is sufficient for your home and available at the local hardware store.
- Install the fire extinguisher in a visible, unobstructed, designated location.
- Monthly inspection checklist:
- Verify the locking pin is intact.
- Examine the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle.
- Confirm the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range or position.
- Ensure the operating instructions on the nameplate are legible and facing outward.
- Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on care and maintenance.
When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
- The Fire Department has been notified.
- You know how your extinguisher works.
- The fire is small in size and not growing rapidly.
- The fire won’t block your exit if you can’t extinguish it or control it.
- You have the proper fire extinguisher to put out what is burning (paper, oil, electrical).
NEVER RISK LIFE TO SAVE PROPERTY!
How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
- Pull the pin.
- Aim at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the handles on top.
- Sweep the nozzle slowly from side to side until the flames are extinguished.
If you have doubts about fighting a fire... Just get out!
Never risk your life to save property! Remember to close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 from outside the building.