Fire Safety   Portable Fire Extinguishers

Portable Fire Extinguishers

When used correctly they can:

  • Keep small fires from becoming big ones
  • Provide an escape route through a small fire Help control a small fire until the fire department arrives.

There are five major classes of fires:

  • Class A - Ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth and many plastics
  • Class B - Flammable liquids and gases such as kitchen greases, paints, oil, gasoline
  • Class C - Energized electrical equipment such as electric motors, tools, appliances
  • Class D - Combustable Metals, (magnesium, Lithium, ect)
  • Class K - Cooking Media (cooking oils and fats)

The identifying marks for each of these classes are:

You must use the right kind of extinguisher for each kind of fire.

  • For Class A fires use water-based extinguishers or multi-purpose dry chemical
  • For B and C fires use carbon dioxide or dry chemical
  • - For Class A, B or C fires use multi-purpose dry chemical

Choosing a fire extinguisher:

Choose an extinguisher that most members of your family could handle, not too large, but big enough to fight a fire. Choose the correct extinguisher for the hazards present. Instruct all family members on the use of extinguishers. Placement of extinguishers is important. They should be placed along a path of travel, near an exit, close to hazard areas, upstairs, in the basement, in the garage and in the car.

An extinguisher will only work correctly if maintained correctly:

Check the pressure gauge, Examine the container, Have them inspected by a professional, Use wall brackets to mount them in an accessible location If you discover a fire:

  • CALL 911 !
  • Look to see what is burning (to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher)
  • Make sure that you have a clear escape route behind you
  • Pull the pin
  • Hold extinguisher upright
  • Get within 8 feet of the fire
  • Aim extinguisher at the base of the fire
  • Sweep extinguisher back and forth
  • If an electrical fire, disconnect the electricity as soon as possible

**If the fire gets too big, leave at once. Report any fire (even a small one) to the fire department.

The Welsford Volunteer Fire Department

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Welsford Fire Department 619 Eagle Rock Road, Welsford NB, E5K 3Y7

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