What You Should Know About Fire Extinguishers
A fire extinguisher is something every homeowner should have and know how to use. These devices can help save lives and, when used properly, they can protect against damage caused by small fires. Here, we will outline what you need to know about fire extinguishers, tips for choosing the right device for you and your home as well as instructions on how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
Types of Fire Extinguishers
There are three main classes of fire extinguishers, each used to battle a specific type of fire.
- Combustible Materials (Type A): Type A fire extinguishers are meant to be used for fires that involve paper, wood, cloth, plastic, and rubber.
- Combustible Liquids (Type B): Type B fire extinguishers are meant to be used for fires that involve grease, flammable liquids, alcohol, paints, gasses, and stains.
- Electrical (Type C): Type C fire extinguishers are meant to be used for fires that involve overloaded outlets and short circuits.
Choosing a Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers come in two forms – disposable and rechargeable. Disposable extinguishers are one-use devices and should be discarded and replaced once the pin is pulled. Rechargeable extinguishers can be reused after they have been serviced. It is recommended that one fire extinguisher be stored on every level of a home and the type of extinguisher should be chosen based on the following:
- Type A fire extinguishers should be stored close to living areas (bedrooms, living rooms, dens, etc.).
- Combination A-B-C fire extinguishers should be considered for general use and used in areas including kitchens, garages, and bathrooms.
When it comes to the size of the fire extinguisher chosen, make sure to choose one that can be easily lifted and used by all household members. Make sure to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to storing, mounting, and using the fire extinguisher.
Fire Extinguisher Use
In order to safely and effectively use a fire extinguisher, experts recommend following the “PASS” method:
- Pull the pin.
- Aim at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the level evenly and slowly.
- Sweep the extinguishers nozzle from side to side.
Some additional tips include:
- Should the room fill with smoke or the fire become out of control, leave immediately and call emergency responders.
- Keep the exit at your back for quick and easy escape if needed.
- Check fire extinguishers monthly to ensure they are in proper working condition.
- Recharge or replace extinguishers immediately after they are used.
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