Basics of fire extinguishers
- Before deciding whether or not to fight a fire using a fire extinguisher, always call 911 first.
- If they fire is very small, you may attempt to extinguish it.
- It is important to remember that if one extinguisher does not put the fire out, you must get out of the building.
- Make sure you have the right extinguisher. Using the wrong extinguisher can cause the fire to spread and increase chances of injury or death.
- If you are unsure of what extinguisher to use, leave the building and wait for the fire department.
- Never let the fire get between you and your means of exiting the building.
Types of extinguishers
- Type A: Ordinary Combustibles (Wood, paper, cloth, rubber, and plastics).
- Type B: Flammable Liquids (Gasoline, oils, paints, and grease).
- Type C: Electrical Fire (Burning wires, switches, machinery, and appliances).
- A common household fire extinguisher is a combination ABC extinguisher.
Using a fire extinguisher
- Pull: Pull the safety pin at the top of the extinguisher.
- Aim: Aim the nozzle, horn, or hose at the base of the flames.
- Squeeze: Squeeze the handle of the extinguisher.
- Sweep: Sweep the nozzle from side to side until the fire goes out.