Fire Safety with Hunter: Fire Extinguishers

Welcome back to Fire Safety with Hunter! If you missed it you can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.

This is our last week of fire safety, and I am going to talk about Fire Extinguishers. I will answer all your questions like ‘Where can you purchase them?’, ‘ How do you use them?’, ‘How many do you need in your home?’, and ‘What kind of extinguishers should you have?’ Let’s get started! 

What type of extinguisher is best for the home?

When looking at extinguishers for your home, you want to keep in mind that when a fire happens so does panic. You certainly don’t want to have multiple extinguishers, in the event you grab the wrong one. Using the wrong type of extinguisher can make matters worse. 

So, what can you do? It’s recommended that you purchase an ABC extinguisher also known as a universal extinguisher. This way you have the ability to put out fires that are within the first 3 categories:

A: Wood, paper, cloth and other basic material fires B: Oils (including paints with oil) and gasoline fires C: Electrical fires caused by small appliances, circuit breakers, wiring and other small electrical items.

Where can you purchase fire extinguishers? 

You can purchase extinguishers at home hardware stores, like Home Depot & Canadian Tire. Online at Canadian Safety Supplies or at local safety supply stores such as ABC Fire & Safety, located in Sherwood Park. The added benefit of purchasing through a local safety supply store, is they are typically experts and able to provide you with information on the best type of extinguisher(s) for your home or situation.  

How do you use a fire extinguisher?

Standing about 5 feet away from the fire, you use PASS.

P – Pull the safety pin & hold the nozzle facing away from you

A – Aim at the base of the fire

S – Squeeze the lever slowly

S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side

Pull – Aim – Squeeze – Sweep = PASS

When you should not use an extinguisher…

  •  If you are unsure that this extinguisher is the right type for this fire, don’t use it. You could make the fire worse. 
  • If you are too nervous or unsure how to use the extinguisher
  • If the flame is growing or larger than a small garbage bin
  • If the fire could block you from your escape route


Online training for using a fire extinguisher 

There are many training opportunities available online and in person. Visit Strathcona County website to learn more. 

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