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Fire extinguisher safety tips

(Source: Fire extinguisher 101 webpage) (Source: Fire extinguisher 101 webpage)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Would you be ready to put a fire out in an emergency? Knowing what type of fire extinguisher to use can be very beneficial.

Home fire extinguishers have been around for years, while they are not meant to fight big fires, they can enable to control small fires.

When choosing a fire extinguisher, most home owners should own the "ABC".

Class A for ordinary combustibles, such as paper, wood, plastics and home furnishings.

Class B for flammable liquids such as gasoline, oils, paints, thinners, stains and cooking oils and sprays.

Class C for energized electrical equipment, which is anything that would be plugged into an outlet such as televisions, stereos, toasters and computers and accessories.

Class D  are commonly found in a chemical laboratory. They are for fires that involve combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, potassium and sodium. 

Class K fire extinguishers are for fires that involve cooking oils, trans-fats, or fats in cooking appliances and are typically found in restaurant and cafeteria kitchens. Geometric symbol (black hexagon).

It's best to keep fire extinguishers near the kitchen.

Almost all fire extinguishers operate according to the PASS method, an acronym for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. The Pull part of the acronym is for pulling the pin or tape out of the way. Then they should Aim the nozzle or hose at the base of the flames, at the burning fuel, according to firerescue1.com.

Using the wrong type of extinguisher can be life threatening, it's important to know which extinguisher to use for each fire as a safety precaution. For more details on the type of extinguishers you should use, visit fire extinguisher 101.

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