Portable fire extinguishers
are also rated for the size of fire they can handle. This rating
will appear on the label - for example, 2A:10B:C. The larger the
numbers, the larger the fire that the extinguisher can put out
... but the higher-rated models are often much heavier. Make sure
you can hold and operate an extinguisher before you buy it.
You Need to Know About Installing and Maintaining Extinguishers
should be installed in plain view, above the reach of children,
near an escape route and away from stoves and heating appliances.
require some routine care. Make sure you read your operator's
manual to learn how to inspect your fire extinguisher. Follow
the manufacturer's instructions on maintaining the extinguisher.
must be serviced after every use (look in the Yellow Pages of
your telephone directory under "Fire Extinguishers"
for local companies that service them). The disposable fire
extinguishers can be used only one time and must be replaced
To Use Portable Fire Extinguishers
Remember the PASS
extinguisher nozzle at the base of the flames
trigger while holding the extinguisher upright
the extinguisher from side to side
make sure the fire department is called and inspects
the fire site, even if you think you have extinguished the fire!
You Try to Fight the Fire?
you begin to fight a fire:
sure everyone has left or is leaving the building
sure the fire department has been called
sure the fire is confined to a small area and is not spreading
sure you have an unobstructed escape route to which the fire
will not spread
sure you have read the instructions and know how to use the
is reckless to fight a fire in any other circumstances. Instead,
leave immediately and close off the area.