Get a fire extinguisher so that you can put out a fire in its early stages.
Your extinguisher must be right for the type of fire:
- Ordinary combustibles, like wood, paper, and plastic.
- Flammable liquids like gasoline, grease, and oil-based paint, and flammable gases.
- Electrical wiring or household appliances.
Make sure your extinguisher is working properly by inspecting it every 30 days.
- Tamper seals aren't broken or missing.
- Discharge valves show no sign of degradation, corrosion, leakage, or obstruction.
- The pressure shown on the manometers (pressure gauges) is normal.
- The date for the next professional inspection or servicing hasn't expired.
- Have your refillable extinguisher inspected and serviced by a professional.
Using your extinguisher:
- Pull the pin.
- Aim downward.
- Squeeze the lever.
- Sweep from side to side, aiming the jet toward the base of the fire.