A properly used fire extinguisher can save your family’s life and property. It’s important to train every member of your household on the location and use of fire extinguishers. Remember that a fully charged extinguisher typically discharges for only about 10 seconds, so proper use is essential.
Also essential is making sure the extinguishers you buy for your home are appropriate for the fire hazard. Extinguishers have different classifications depending on what types of fires they are designed to fight. Following are six basic types:
Cloth, wood, paper, rubber and ordinary combustibles
Grease, gasoline, oil and other flammable liquids
Plugged in appliances and other electrical fires
Cooking and other types of oils typically found in kitchens
Good for Class A, B and C fires
Take an hour this weekend to familiarize all occupants of your home with your fire extinguishers. You may be glad you did!