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Fire Extinguishers

In addition to working smoke detectors, every household should have UL Listed fire extinguishers strategically placed in rooms such as the kitchen, garage or workshop.

Tips For Using a Fire Extinguisher

  • Always remember that the first step in a fire breaks out is to call the fire department and get everyone out of the house. If the fire is not spreading and is confined to a small area, use the appropriate type of extinguisher for the fire. Know both your limits and the fire extinguisher's limits.
  • Periodically inspect your extinguishers to determine if they need to be recharged or replaced. Extinguishers need to be recharged and replaced after each use, even if you haven't used all the extinguishing agent.
  • When using a portable extinguisher, keep your back to an unobstructed exit that is free from fire.

There are four types of household extinguishers.

Using the wrong type of extinguisher on a fire can actually make it spread so it's important to plan ahead when purchasing and placing fire extinguishers. The manufacturer's use and care booklet provides guidance on the type and size of fire with which your extinguisher may be used.

Extinguisher Rating Intended Use 
Type A Fires involving combustible materials such as wood, cloth and paper.
Type B Flammable liquid fires, including kitchen grease. Never use water on this type of fire.
Type C Fires involving energized electrical equipment.
Type ABC Works on all three types of fires listed above.