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Step 1

Choose Primary
Fire Extinguishers
Living Area

For your main home
protection install a 2-A:10-B:C
rated living area unit on every
level of your home. No more
than 40 feet apart.

Class A-B-C
Garage or Workshop

Due to volumes of
flammable liquids in the
garage you should install
a higher rated unit, such as
the 3-A:40-B:C.

Class A-B-C
Step 2

Choose Supplementary
Fire Extinguishers

The kitchen is the likeliest
place you will have a fire.
Protect your home with a
10-B:C extinguisher kept in
your kitchen area.

Class B-C


Ideal for tackling fires
involving energized
electrical equipment with
a rating of 1-A:10-B:C.

Class A-B-C


Stand 6 to 8 feet away from the fire and follow the four-step PASS procedure recommended by National Fire Protection Association:
P - Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
A - Aim low at the base of the fire.
S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly to discharge the extinguishing agent. (When the agent first hits the fire, the fire may briefly flare up. This should be expected.)
S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire.

Fire extinguishers are only one element of a complete fire survival plan.
Only use your extinguisher after making sure:
All residents of the home have been evacuated to safety
The fire department has been notified
There is a clear exit behind the person using the extinguisher
Use your extinguisher only to keep a small self-contained fire from growing, only when the room is not filled with smoke, or to create a safe pathway out of the home. Read the instructions and become familiar with your fire extinguisher's parts and operation before a fire breaks out.