Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are used to control or extinguish a small fire that is not growing rapidly.

Safety Tips

  • 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).


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.