4th of July Safety: Do You Have a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home?

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Fire Extinguishers are recommended for every home by the National Fire Protection Association.

Fire Extinguisher in every home

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  • At least one fire extinguisher should be installed in every home in an accessible place.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on each floor.
  • Position the fire extinguisher near escape routes
  • Keep the fire extinguisher location away from stoves or heating appliances.
  • A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best. Look for the rating to be at least 2A:10 B:C on the label.
  • Extinguishers should be inspected and serviced based upon the manufacturer’s service schedule.
  • Rechargeable models must be serviced after every use.
  • Disposable fire extinguishers can be used only once, then must be replaced.

In the case of a fire, first call 911 then use the fire extinguisher. 

Make sure every one in your home knows how to use a fire extinguisher. Use the PASS system.

  • PULL the pin out to unlock the operating lever.
  • AIM low; point the extinguisher nozzle (or hose) at the base of the fire.
  • SQUEEZE the lever below the handle to release the chemical.
  • SWEEP from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth until the flames appear to be out. Watch the fire area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat the process.

Information provided by King County Fire Marshall Services

Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.  National Fire Protection Association.

First call 911

First call 911

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