Fire extinguishers are a great way to prevent small fires from becoming large ones, but how do you know which extinguisher to use on which kind of fire?

Fires are classified into specific “types” based on their fuel source.
·         Class A – ordinary combustible materials like cloth, paper and wood
·         Class B – for flammable liquids like gasoline, alcohol and paint
·         Class C – for electrical fires

The ABC multipurpose fire extinguisher is the most common fire extinguisher and serves as a great “all purpose” fire extinguisher for common areas and paths of egress within your home or business.

When using a fire extinguisher remember the acronym PASS. P: Pull the pin. A: Aim at the base of the fire. S: Squeeze the trigger. S: Sweep side to side.
Knowing the right fire extinguisher to use at the right time could save your business and even your life, so make sure to educate yourself about the proper application and operation of fire extinguishers.


For additional fire extinguisher safety contact your local fire department or visit our friends at Desert Fire is a professional company who can help with your home or business fire extinguisher needs.

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna