Do You Know Your Fire Extinguisher A, B, Cs?

Multi-Purpose Extinguisher

Multi-Purpose Extinguisher

Having fire extinguishers installed in your home should be part of your overall fire safety plan and selecting a fire extinguisher for your home might seem elementary. However, knowing which type of extinguisher to use depends on the type of fire and may seem more like rocket science. Here are the facts you need to know.

  • Know your fire types. Using an extinguisher not rated for a particular type of fire could have disastrous results. Here’s the short list:
    • A: common combustibles such as wood, papers, textiles, plastic,  etc.
    • B: flammable liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, methanol to name just a few.
    • C: electrical equipment such as switches, outlets, etc.
  • Select a multi-purpose extinguisher designed to handle the most common A, B, and C types of home fires. The extinguisher should be large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy that it’s difficult to handle.
  • Become familiar with the extinguisher before you need it in a real fire situation by reading the instructions and familiarizing yourself with the various parts and how they operate. Most local fire departments offer free hands-on training.
  • Make sure that your extinguisher is properly maintained. Again, refer to the instructions and check your local business listings for companies that service fire extinguishers.
  • Use the fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing. First, make sure everyone has left the home and the fire department has been called. Home fires can quickly get out of control so let the professionals handle the situation and ensure your personal safety.

For additional information regarding fire safety equipment such as smoke alarms, refer to our New 2015 Smoke Detectors Law in Florida and any of our other fire prevention articles in the Home Maintenance section of our blog for more information.

Buy Your Side Home Inspections wants you and your family to be safe in your home.  When you need a professional home inspection, give us a call. We’re here for you. 407.780.0911.


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