Bristol Kendall
Fire Protection District

Bristol Kendall
Fire Protection District

Extinguishers In Home

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.