Fire extinguishers can save lives and property when used correctly to put out small fires. If the fire is in a confined area and is small enough that the extinguisher can put it out, follow these simple steps to the acronym PASS:
Only use a fire extinguisher when.....
the fire is small and contained for example a small wastebasket
the room is not filled with smoke
the fire is not blocking an exit
911 has already been called
everyone is safely out of the building
Install fire extinguishers close to exits.
There are several different types of fire extinguishers:
Class A: flammable objects such as plastics, wood, cloth
Class B: flammable liquids such as oil or gasoline
Class C: Electrical equipment such as appliances, cords, wires, etc.
Class D: Exotic metals such as magnesium
Class K: specific for kitchen fires
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