A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives, but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely. Here is what you need to know about choosing and using fire extinguishers!
Remember to Check Your Fire Extinguisher for:
- Easy access in an emergency- be sure nothing is blocking or limiting your ability to reach it.
- The recommended pressure level- many extinguishers have gauges that show when pressure is too high or too low.
- Working parts- make sure the can, hoses and nozzles aren’t damaged, dented, or rusted.
- Cleanliness- remove any dust, oil, or grease that might be on the outside of the extinguisher.
- Guidelines and instructions- some extinguishers need to be shaken monthly, others need to be pressure tested every few years.