Why is it important to use the correct fire extinguisher for a particular class of fire?

So before buying a fire extinguisher, it is vital to look carefully at what type of fire you could possibly have to deal with. Choosing the wrong type of fire extinguisher for the job can be very dangerous, make the fire worse and risk injuring those attempting to fight the fire.

Why is it important to use the correct fire extinguisher?

Fire extinguishers play a vital role in any fire protection plan in any environment. They are a first aid response to fire and can help prevent catastrophic damage to property and even loss of life.

Which two types of fire extinguishers should you never use on an electrical fire?

Water fire extinguishers are NOT suitable for electrical fires as water is a conductor and you are at risk of electrocution if used on this type of fire. They are also NOT suitable for flammable liquids or flammable metal fires as it will not extinguish the fire.

What is the best defense against fire?

As always, the best defense against a fire is to be prepared. Take a moment to look at your fire extinguisher.

How do you use a Class A fire extinguisher?

When operating a fire extinguisher, tell residents to remember the word PASS:

  1. Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  2. Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  4. Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
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