Burn Baby Burn, or Don't!
Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? Do you know what kind of fire that extinguisher is made for? Did you know that homeowners are recommended to have at least FOUR fire extinguishers in their home? Chances are, probably not. A common misconception is that one fire extinguisher is made to put out any fire, when in reality, there are actually four different classes of fire extinguishers and they are all made for different purposes.
The four classes of fire extinguishers are labeled "A, B, C, and D". Class "A" is most commonly the extinguisher found in households because it puts out ordinary combustibles such as paper and wood; this is also the most well known extinguisher. The other three classes will be described below:
- Class B: Class B extinguishers are for use on flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil.
- Class C: Class C extinguishers are for use on electrical fires only
- Class D: Class D extinguishers are designed to put out flammable metals.
Some extinguishers are multipurpose, and can be suitable for two or more classes of fire. If this is the case, the extinguisher will be labeled as such (A-B, B-C, or A-B-C). Professionals recommend that every home and business owner have at least one fire extinguisher for each class. This will ensure preparedness in any burning situation.
When engaging a fire extinguisher, it is important to remember to P.A.S.S.
- Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher to break the seal.
- Aim the fire extinguisher low, at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the handle of the extinguisher to release the extinguishing agent.
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire until the fire is fully put out.
In case your home does experience the devastation of a fire, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties can take over the cleaning and restoration process to relieve some of the stress on your shoulders! You can contact us anytime, 24/7, at 817-596-8714.