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Prevention tips


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:

  1. Ordinary combustibles, like wood, paper, and plastic.
  2. Flammable liquids like gasoline, grease, and oil-based paint, and flammable gases.
  3. Electrical wiring or household appliances.

Make sure your extinguisher is working properly by inspecting it every 30 days.

Check that:

  • 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:

  1. Pull the pin.
  2. Aim downward.
  3. Squeeze the lever.
  4. Sweep from side to side, aiming the jet toward the base of the fire.