Fire Extinguishers


1. Fight or Flee

Your safety is the top priority! Do not fight the fire if:

  • There is a considerable amount of heat.
  • There is significant smoke or fumes.
  • There is any possibility of getting trapped by the fire.


2. Call 9-1-1

Always call 9-1-1 before attempting to extinguish the fire.

3. Choose the Correct Extinguisher

A- For use with Ordinary materials like cloth, wood and paper. Often found in homes and businesses.

B- For use with combustible and flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil, and oil-based paints. Often found in homes and businesses.

C- For use with electrical equipment like appliances, tools or other equipment that is plugged in. Often found in homes and businesses.

D- For use with flammable metals. Often found in factories.

K- For use with vegetable oils, animal oils, and fats in cooking appliances. Often found in commercial kitchens.


4. Remember to P.A.S.S.






 5. After the Fire
  • Fires frequently re-ignite so always call 9-1-1 to have the fire department ensure the fire is safely extinguished.
  • Make sure your fire extinguisher is recharged. No matter how long it was used, it will need to be checked and recharged.
  • If your fire extinguisher is not rechargeable, get a replacement one and properly dispose of the used one.


*Source: US Fire Administration