|A properly used fire extinguisher can save your loved one’s lives and property. It’s important for each member in the household to be able to locate and effectively operate a fire extinguisher. A fully charged extinguisher typically discharges for ten seconds, so efficient use is critical.
Another important aspect is to ensure that the extinguisher you purchase is adequate for the fire hazard it will potentially protect. Extinguishers are designed to protect against several different types of fires and can be classified into the following categories:
Class A – Cloth, wood, paper, rubber, and ordinary combustibles
Class B – Grease, gasoline, oil, and other flammable liquids
Class C – Plugged in appliances and other electrical fires
Class D – Flammable metals
Class K – Cooking and other types of oils commonly found in kitchens
Multi-purpose – Good for Class A, B, and C fires
Take a few moments over the weekend to familiarize your household members with fire extinguishers. You may be thankful you did!