Consider having one or
more working fire extinguishers in your home. There are
three home fire extinguisher ratings: "A" rated extinguishers are
for wood or paper fires only; "B" rated extinguishers are for
flammable liquid and grease fires; and "C" rated extinguishers are
for electrical fires. You can get fire extinguishers that have
multiple ratings. An extinguisher rated A-B-C is recommended for
home use. Smaller fire extinguishers are designed for one-time use
and cannot be recharged.
Get training from the
fire department or a fire extinguisher manufacturer on how to use
your fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers from various
manufacturers operate in different ways. Unless you know how to
use your extinguisher, you may not be able to use it effectively.
There is no time to read directions during an emergency. Only
adults should handle and use extinguishers.
high on the wall, near an exit and away from heat sources.
Extinguishers should be easily accessible to adults trained to use
them, and kept away from children's curious hands. Heat may make
the contents less effective or cause the extinguisher to lose its
charge more quickly.
If you try to use a
fire extinguisher on a fire and the fire does not immediately die
down, drop the extinguisher and get out. Most portable
extinguishers empty in 8 to 10 seconds. After some residential
fires, people have been found dead with fire extinguishers near
them or in their arms.
Look at your fire
extinguisher to ensure it is properly charged. Fire
extinguishers will not work properly if they are not properly
charged. Use the gauge or test button to check proper pressure.
Follow manufacturer's instructions for replacement or recharging
fire extinguishers. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or
corroded, replace it or have it professionally serviced.