Definition: a portable device used to put out small fires or contain them until the arrival of larger firefighting equipment.
1. What types of fires can a fire extinguisher put out?
Answer: A fire extinguisher can put out Class A fires, which involve flammable solids such as wood, paper, or cloth, Class B fires, which involve flammable liquids and gases, and Class C fires, which involve live electrical equipment.
2. How do I properly use a fire extinguisher?
Answer: The acronym “PASS” can help you remember how to use a fire extinguisher:
– Pull the pin
– Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
– Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent
– Sweep the nozzle from side to side until the fire is out
3. How often do I need to inspect a fire extinguisher?
Answer: Fire extinguishers should be inspected monthly to ensure they are in good working condition. Additionally, they should be professionally inspected and serviced at least once a year, or more frequently if they are frequently used or located in a high-risk environment.
4. When do I need to replace a fire extinguisher?
Answer: Fire extinguishers should be replaced if they are damaged, corroded, or have been used. Additionally, they should be replaced if they are beyond their expiration date, which is typically 10 years from the date of manufacture.
5. Can anyone use a fire extinguisher?
Answer: Ideally, anyone who may be required to use a fire extinguisher in an emergency should receive training on its proper use. However, in an emergency situation, anyone can use a fire extinguisher as long as they remember the acronym “PASS” and use caution to avoid making the fire worse.