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For Home


Step 1

Choose Primary
Fire Extinguishers
(MUST HAVE)
Living Area

For your main home
protection install a 2-A:10-B:C
rated living area unit on every
level of your home. No more
than 40 feet apart.

Class A-B-C
Garage or Workshop

Due to volumes of
flammable liquids in the
garage you should install
a higher rated unit, such as
the 3-A:40-B:C.

Class A-B-C
Step 2

Choose Supplementary
Fire Extinguishers
(SHOULD HAVE)
Kitchen

The kitchen is the likeliest
place you will have a fire.
Protect your home with a
10-B:C extinguisher kept in
your kitchen area.

Class B-C

Electrical

Ideal for tackling fires
involving energized
electrical equipment with
a rating of 1-A:10-B:C.


Class A-B-C



REMEMBER THE PASS WORD

Stand 6 to 8 feet away from the fire and follow the four-step PASS procedure recommended by National Fire Protection Association:
P - Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
A - Aim low at the base of the fire.
S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly to discharge the extinguishing agent. (When the agent first hits the fire, the fire may briefly flare up. This should be expected.)
S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire.

USE SAFELY
Fire extinguishers are only one element of a complete fire survival plan.
Only use your extinguisher after making sure:
All residents of the home have been evacuated to safety
The fire department has been notified
There is a clear exit behind the person using the extinguisher
Use your extinguisher only to keep a small self-contained fire from growing, only when the room is not filled with smoke, or to create a safe pathway out of the home. Read the instructions and become familiar with your fire extinguisher's parts and operation before a fire breaks out.