your ABCs to make sure you choose the right kind of fire extinguisher.
A is for fighting fires involving paper, wood, fabric, or plastic.
B is for fires involving grease and flammable liquids such as
C is for fires involving live electronics.
extinguishers make sense for most homes. Choose a B:C model for
the kitchen and garage and an A:B:C model for use throughout the
and when to use
fight a small, contained fire and only if everybody else is out
of the house, the fire department has been called, the fire is
not spreading, and you have a clear path to a door behind you.
the acronym PASS, which stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.
You Pull the pin, Aim low at the base of the fire,
Squeeze the trigger, and Sweep from side to side.
that most home fire extinguishers empty quickly—the small ones
in as little as 10 seconds.
the fire starts to grow, get out immediately. Never think you
can fight a spreading fire yourself.
extinguishers are good for one use only, replace them after you
use them. Remember to have a rechargeable unit refilled right
away after you use it.
not test a home extinguisher unless the manufacturer's instructions
say otherwise. Squeezing the trigger for even a second releases
some of the pressure.
you have never used a fire extinguisher, call your local fire
department and ask them if they have a fire safety program you
can take. If not, consider buying a fire extinguisher and using
it just so you can see how it handles and how long it lasts.
extinguishers have pressure gauges to tell you the pressure level.
Some one-use models come with a pressure-check button.