Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are made to put out small fires that do not put you at risk. Prior to attempting to use a fire extinguisher, make sure 911 has been called and your exit is not blocked.

If there is heavy smoke or if the fire is not contained to a small area, get out, close the door behind you, alert others of the fire as you evacuate, and call 9-1-1 from a safe location outside.

Video showing how to use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Handout

Selecting a Home Fire Extinguisher

Most home fire extinguishers are rated ABC can be used for ordinary combustibles such as paper, wood, plastic, flammable liquids like grease or oil-based paints, and electrical equipment like appliances or other items that are plugged in. Most home improvement stores, hardware stores and other retailers sell fire extinguishers.

How to Dispose of old or used Fire Extinguishers

Both full and empty fire extinguishers may be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Site.

Fire Extinguisher Requirements for Businesses

Fire Code requirements Fire Code & Fire Safety Documents> specify the size, number and location of fire extinguishers within your facility. These requirements help establish a protection level appropriate for the hazard class of your building. Make sure you know the types, sizes and maintenance requirements of your extinguishers, as well as the basics of extinguisher operation.