Everything You Need to Know About Fire Extinguishers
Owning a fire extinguisher is only part of having a fire protection plan—you also need to know how to store it and use it properly if you ever face a fire at home or at work. Keep reading for some insight into what you need to know about fire extinguishers:
Different Types of Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are designated with a letter that signifies what type of fire they are designed to extinguish. “A” extinguishers are for ordinary materials such as wood and cloth. “B” models are for combustible and flammable liquids. “C” extinguishers are for electrical equipment that is plugged in. “D” models are for flammable metals. “K” models are for oils and fats used in cooking appliances. A, B, and C extinguishers are most commonly found in homes and businesses, while D extinguishers are typically used in factories and K extinguishers typically reside in commercial kitchens.
Using Fire Extinguishers
If you purchase a fire extinguisher, you should carefully read the label to learn how to use it properly. The basic steps of using a fire extinguisher can be remembered with the word PASS:
- Pull the pin found in the extinguisher’s handle
- Aim the nozzle of the fire extinguisher at the fire’s base
- Squeeze the lever on the fire extinguisher
- Sweep the base of the fire from one side to the other
Maintaining Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers in work spaces must be inspected regularly. It’s also a good idea to inspect home fire extinguishers, as well. You can inspect your fire extinguisher monthly by making sure it is easily visible and not obstructed in any way. Look for any signs of damage and make sure the locking pin is in place. Read the label to make sure instructions are legible.
Kazal Fire Protection, Inc. offers fire extinguishers as well as extinguisher inspection and maintenance services in Tucson. You can learn more about our fire protection products and services by calling us today at (520) 323-1518.