Be Safe from Fire
October is a good time to assess your home for fire safety — to check the batteries in your smoke detector, to look for flammables (like greasy rags, empty boxes) and other hazards, and to purchase a fire extinguisher, if you don’t have one.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that every home have a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers are labeled A, B, C, or a combination of these letters, depending on the type of fire the device is intended for.
- Class A ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, cloth, rubber and many plastics
- Class B flammable liquids, such as gasoline, oil, grease, and paint
- Class C electrical fires, such as those in wiring, fuse boxes, or machinery
- Class ABC multipurpose, able to extinguish most fires
Fire extinguishers also come in several sizes based on the size fire they can put out. A size “10” extinguisher can handle a fire that is 10 times that of a size “1” device.
To use the extinguisher, remember the word “PASS” :
- P – pull or push the pin to unlock the lever
- A – aim low, at the base of the fire
- S – squeeze the lever above the handle to discharge the contents
- S – sweep and spray the fire at its base until it appears to be extinguished
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