Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fire Extinguishers and Your Preparedness Plan

One of the suggested pieces of equipment that a home preparedness plan can include is a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers come in many types and sizes and it is important to find the one that is best for you and your family. It is suggested that a well prepared home have two (2) Class A, B, C extinguishers. Each extinguisher should be located strategically for ease of use, visibility and probability of need. ( i.e., Kitchen, Garage, Storage Area, etc...).

What do the letters mean (A, B, C, D, K)?
Class A- Ordinary Combustibles (Paper, wood, cloth, etc...)
Class B- Flammable Liquids (Gas, oil, solvents, etc...)
Class C- Electrical (Do not use water on electrical fires)
Class D- Combustable Metals (metals & alloys)
Class K- Cooking Media (Vegetable oils & Animal fats)

Essentially, a class A, B, C extinguisher is filled with dry chemical, MAP(monoammonium phosphate) and is effective on ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids and electrical fires. This extinguisher gives your preparedness plan a broad range of potential fires to protect your home from. Consider the size of your home and adjust your extinguisher size accordingly.

How to use a Class A, B, C extinguisher?
When using a fire extinguisher, remember to PASS (Pull the pin, Aim, Squeeze & Sweep)

By empowering yourself with the knowledge of what to do, you minimize fear and put yourself in a position to survive and protect your family. 


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Dave Thompson said...

I did not know there were different classifications for different fire extinguishers. That is good to know because I am starting my own business, and want to have a fire plan put in place in case of emergencies. Is there a certain brand of fire extinguishers that is recommended over another brand? http://protectalife.com.au/fire-extinguishers.html

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