Fire Extinguishers

Containing Small Fires
In addition to heat and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers are an important device to have on hand. Although they shouldn't be used on large-spreading fires, they are useful in putting out small, contained fires.

Safety Tips
Note the following tips about fire extinguishers:
  • Use the fire extinguisher only after people have left the house and the FireDepartment has been called.
  • Fire extinguishers come in many sizes and types. When choosing one, be sure you know what kind of fires you expect to put out with it.
  • The NFPA recommends buying only fire extinguishers tested in accordance with the American National Standards Institute guidelines. Testing information is included on the label.
  • Make sure you learn how to use a fire extinguisher properly, and be sure that all family members have read the operating instructions and understand them.
  • Keep extinguishers where they are readily available and easily accessible to all family members
  • Inspect your fire extinguishers frequently and refill if necessary. 
Using an Extinguisher
If the fire is too large, get out, close all doors behind you, and call 911:
  • Pull the pin.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze or pump the handle
  • Sweep from side to side at the base of the flame.
Not every extinguisher works on all kinds of fires, but some are effective on 2 or even 3 kinds of fires. Ensure your extinguisher will work on combustibles in the area by checking the classification of your extinguisher:
  • Class A: Suitable for ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth and rubber
  • Class B: Effective on flammable liquids such as fuel oil, gasoline, cooking grease and solvents
  • Class C: Good for energized electrical equipment such as wiring, fuse boxes and electrical motors
  • Class D: Designed for combustible metals such as magnesium, sodium and zirconium
Extinguisher Tips
  • Always place yourself between the exit and the fire so that you can escape if the fire does not go out.
  • Buy extinguishers which have been approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as U.L.C.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location and operating instructions of your extinguishers.
Never place yourself or others in jeopardy by attempting to extinguish a fire. If you cannot extinguish a small fire with a portable fire extinguisher, or if the smoke becomes hazardous, leave the area. Close the door to confine and contain the fire. Activate the fire alarm, call 911, and wait outside for the firefighters to arrive.

For More Information
For further information on this or any other fire prevention tips, please all Greg or Ron at Jasper Fire Department at 780-852-1595 or 780-852-1597.