Best Safety Practices for Fire Extinguishers

When it comes to fires, every second counts. That’s why it’s so important to have a fire extinguisher on hand and to have practical fire extinguisher training.

There are many different types of fire extinguishers, each designed for different kinds of fires. The most common type is the ABC fire extinguisher, which can be used on all types of fires.

How To Aim

When using a fire extinguisher, always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This will help to smother the fire and prevent it from spreading.

It’s also important to remember that a fire extinguisher is not a cure-all. If the fire is too large or out of control, the best course of action is to evacuate the area and call 911.

Here are some more safety practices for fire extinguishers to keep in mind:

  • Read the instructions before using the extinguisher.
  • Never use water to put out a grease fire.
  • Do not try to re-enter a burning building.
  • Call 911 even if you think you have extinguished the fire.
  • If you have any questions about fire safety or how to use a fire extinguisher, contact your local fire department. They will be more than happy to help.

Fire and Extinguisher Classes

In the case of a grease fire, you use baking soda or salt. If that does not work, you can use a Class B, Class K, or Class ABC fire extinguisher.

If you have a Class A fire, use water to cool the area around the fire. Do not use water on an electrical fire.

For a Class B or C fire, use CO2 extinguishers. Flammable liquids and gases, oil-based paints and lacquers solvents, oils, fats (excluding cooking oils/greases), tars, are all examples of Class B fires. Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment.

Class D fires involve combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, potassium, and sodium. These metals can create an intense fire when they come in contact with water. Use a dry powder extinguisher to put out a Class D fire.

Where Should You Keep the Fire Extinguisher?

You should keep a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible place, such as the kitchen or near the front door. It’s also a good idea to have one in the garage and in any other areas where there is a potential for fire. In other words, it is a good idea to have more than one on hand.

Can Fire Extinguishers Expire?

Yes, fire extinguishers can expire. The date of expiration is usually printed on the extinguisher. It’s important to remember to replace the extinguisher before it expires.

For more information on fire safety and how to use a fire extinguisher, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.

In conclusion, fire extinguishers are an important part of fire safety, but they should only be used as a last resort. If you have any questions about fire safety or how to use a fire extinguisher, contact your local fire department.