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Fire Extinguisher Safety

September 2, 2014  (*Administrative Office)

Monticello, IA – Innovative Ag Services Co. (IAS), All fires can be very dangerous and life-threatening. Your safety should always be your primary concern when attempting to fight a fire.

With so many fire extinguishers to choose from, selecting the proper one for your home can be a daunting task. Everyone should have at least one fire extinguisher at home, but it’s just as important to ensure you have the proper type of fire extinguisher. Fire protection experts recommend one for the kitchen, the garage and workshop.

The following is a quick guide to help you choose the right type of extinguisher.

  • Class A extinguishers are used for ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard, and most plastics.
  • Class B extinguishers are used for flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease and oil.
  • Class C extinguishers are used for electrical equipment, such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets.
  • Class D extinguishers are commonly found in a chemical laboratory. They are used for fires that involve combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, potassium and sodium.

K- Class K extinguishers are used for fires that involve cooking oils, trans-fat, or fats in cooking appliances and are typically found in restaurants and cafeteria kitchens.

Some fires may involve a combination of these classifications. Your fire extinguisher should have ABC ratings on them.


An easy way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is to remember the word PASS:

P- Pull the pin located at the top of the extinguisher.

  • Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames.

S- Squeeze the lever slowly.

S- Sweep from side to side.

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