An important part of any home preparedness plan includes a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers come in many types and sizes. Most fire extinguishers for homes and public spaces are classified as Class ABC extinguishers, meaning they’re suitable for putting out wood and paper fires, flammable liquid fires, and electrical fires. Extinguishers 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- Combustible Metals (metals & alloys)
- Class K- Cooking Media (Vegetable oils & Animal fats)
Essentially, a class A, B, C extinguisher is filled with dry chemical, MAP(mono-ammonium 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 fire extinguisher
When using a fire extinguisher, remember to PASS (Pull the pin, Aim, Squeeze & Sweep)