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Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers do not replace the need to call 9-1-1.

Fire Extinguishers are not designed to fight large or spreading fires.

Look for the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) label

Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are basicly three main classes of Fire Extinguishers.

Fire Extinguishers are labelled to show the class of fire they can extinguish

Class A

Class A

Class A

Ordinary combustibles such as
  • paper
  • wood
  • rubbish
  • drapes
  • upholstery
Class B

Class B

Class B

Flammable liquids such as
  • gasoline
  • oils
  • solvents
  • paints
  • flammable gases
Class C

Class C

Class C

Electrical fires involving Class "A" or "B" materials and live electrical power like
  • overheated wiring
  • fuse boxes
  • stoves
  • motors

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Using the wrong type of Fire Extinguisher on a fire, you can endanger yourself and possibly make the fire worse.

Read Fire Exinguisher Manual


Fire Extinguisher Care

Fire Extinguishers require regular care

Learn how to inspect your Fire Extinguisher by following your Fire Extinguisher\'s manual

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for maintenance

If you have a rechargeable Fire Extinguisher have it recharged after every use

For disposable Fire Extinguisher have it replaced after every use

Fire Exinguisher Hanging on Wall

Fire Extinguisher Placement

Your Fire Extinguisher should be installed/placed in plain view, above the reach of childern and near an escape route

Fire Extinguishers should not be placed near stoves or any heating appliances or sources

Fire Exinguisher Being Used


Fire Extinguisher Usage

You should only use your Fire Extinguisher if
  • the fire is not large or spreading
  • all occupants of the house have been alerted
  • everyone has left the or is leaving the building
  • 9-1-1 has been called
  • you have a clear escape route that won't be blocked by the fire
  • you know how to operate your extinguisher

Don't fight a fire in any other cirumstance. Leave the building immediately, close off the area and call 9-1-1 from a neighbour's home

Use the P.A.S.S system when fighting a fire with a Fire Extinguisher.

Click to learn about the P.A.S.S method