Check your fire extinguisher annually to ensure that it is properly charged for use. Also ensure that the fire extinguisher is placed in a location that can be easily accessed at all times.
Choose the right extinguisher for the job
- Class 'A' Combustibles: wood, paper, cloth.
- Class 'B' Flammable liquids: gasoline, oil, grease, tar, oil-based paint, lacquer and flammable gas.
- Class 'C' Photo Electrical equipment: wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, machinery and appliances.
We recommend an ABC type fire extinguisher. It can be safely used on all types of fires. NEVER use a Class 'A' extinguisher on a grease or electrical fire.
Proper maintenance is important
Inspect your extinguisher annually and service according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Never 'try out' an extinguisher. It will lose pressure and won't be dependable when you really need it. Recharge your extinguisher after every use. Replace disposable models after use.
Ensure your extinguisher is easily accessible. It's best near an escape route exit. Attach it to a wall at waist height. When extinguishing a fire, direct the spray at the base of the fire, not further than 12 feet away. Spray in a side-to-side motion.
Remember the PASS word: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep
Your extinguisher must be ULC certified.
When is it safe to fight a fire?
- After you have called the fire department.
- Be sure you have your back to an accessible exit so you won't be trapped.
- Be sure you know how to use your extinguisher and it's in working order.