Class A-B-C - "Multi-purpose" used on all types of A,B or C fires found in most homes.
Class A - "Ordinary Combustibles" for use on wood, rubber, cloth, paper and plastic.
Class B - "Flammable Combustibles" used on gasoline, oil, grease, tar, lacquer, and oil-based paints.
Class C - "Electrical Equipment" used on wiring, fuse boxes, breakers, machinery, and appliances.
Class D - "Combustible Metals" used on industrial metal or metal dust.
Consider the ages and physical strength of your family members. Make sure the extinguisher can be picked up and operating by the intended users. Do not encourage children to use extinguishers.
Consider the types of fire your home is susceptible to and then choose the size or class of extinguisher that is needed.
Each home needs at least one extinguisher, centrally located and out of the reach of children. Consider additional extinguishers for the kitchen and garage.
The extinguisher you purchase should be listed and labeled by an independent testing laboratory.
Over time an extinguisher can lose pressure. Be sure to check it once a month. Periodically inspect extinguishers for damage such as corrosion, dents, or other signs of leaks. If it is rechargeable, you can take it to a service center or bring it to the Fridley Fire Station located at 6431 University Ave. NE. The fire department has loaner extinguishers for you to borrow while yours is being serviced. You will generally get the extinguisher back within one week.
Use the PASS word!
Pull the pin to unlock the fire extinguisher
Aim at the base (bottom) of the fire and stand 6-10 feet away
Squeeze the lever to discharge the agent
Sweep the spray from left to right until the flames are totally extinguished
Most extinguishers for home use discharge in as little as 8-10 seconds and must be replaced or recharged after each use.
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