Know the location, type, and how to use your fire extinguisher.
Location: Check the location of the fire extinguisher in your work area.
Type: Fire extinguishers are classified by the type of fire on which they are used:
A - Ordinary Combustibles: for burning wood, paper, trash, and other ordinary combustible materials.
B - Flammable Liquids: for fires involving oils, gasoline, paints, solvents, or grease in a frying pan.
C - Electrical Equipment: for electrical wiring and equipment, fuse boxes, and other electrical sources
ABC - Multipurpose:
How to use:
Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep = PASS
P > PULL and twist the pin
A > AIM the nozzle at the base of the fire, standing back about eight feet.
S > SQUEEZE the handle or trigger to activate the extinguisher.
S > SWEEP the fire from side to side.
Remember the fire extinguishing agent won’t last long — only about 10 seconds on small extinguishers and up to 50 seconds for larger extinguishers.