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Fire Extinguisher Safety

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely. Here is what you need to know about choosing and using fire extinguishers!

Remember to Check Your Fire Extinguisher for:

  • Easy access in an emergency – be sure nothing is blocking or limiting your ability to reach it.
  • The recommended pressure level – many extinguishers have gauges that show when pressure is too high or too low.
  • Working parts – make sure the can, hoses and nozzles aren’t damaged, dented, or rusted.
  • Cleanliness – remove any dust, oil, or grease that might be on the outside of the extinguisher.
  • Guidelines and instructions – some extinguishers need to be shaken monthly, others need to be pressure tested every few years.