If you own a home you should not only have a fire extinguisher, you should know how to use it!
Fire extinguishers save homes and save lives, but only when used correctly.
Here’s what you should know about buying and using fire extinguishers.
1. Choosing a fire extinguisher
Did you know that there are many types of fire extinguishers for different types of fires?
Class A is for ordinary combustible materials, Class B is for combustible gas or liquid, Class C is for electrical fires, and Class K is for grease fires.
First Alert recommends, “When looking for which home fire extinguisher to buy, consider buying an all-purpose or multi-rated extinguisher, labeled “ABC.” This means the extinguisher can be used on Class A, B and C fires.”
They also say you should have one fire extinguisher per floor and definitely one in the kitchen and the garage.
2. Using a fire extinguisher
Using a fire extinguisher isn’t always as easy as you might think.
In order to properly use it, remember the acronym PASS. Pull the pin, aim, squeeze the trigger, and sweep back and forth.
Country Living said, “If the fire is small and contained to, say, a trash can, you can try to put it out using a fire extinguisher, but don’t hesitate to evacuate if you start to doubt your ability to fight the fire.”
Once you have your fire extinguisher and you know how to use it, there’s one more step! Make sure everyone else that lives in the house knows where each one is located and how to use it. Safety first!