WHEN AND HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER:
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