Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer
Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher.
Extinguishers should be mounted in plain sight and be simple for
all family members (except small children, of course) to use in
an emergency. Show the babysitter how it works, too.
multipurpose extinguisher rated 2A10BC or higher. The letters
indicate the type of fire
the extinguisher will
douse. "A" units are for combustible materials like
paper or wood, "B"
units are for
flammable liquids like gasoline, and "C" units are for
electrical fires. The numbers
relate to the size of
the fire. The higher the number, the greater the capacity to
extinguish that fire.
Check for a UL
(Underwriters Laboratory) or FM (Fire Mutual) code. They tell you
is effective, safe,
Be sure the
directions are simple to understand.
Mount the fire
extinguisher securely, in plain sight.
Be sure you
understand how the firing mechanism works. Check to see whether
you need to
push a button or pull
a lever. Don't activate the extinguisher, though. Once you do, it
recharged, even if you only use it for a few seconds and the
gauge indicates it's full.
Check the pressure
indicator once a month to be sure the extinguisher works.
To use a fire extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS.
Pull the pin
Aim the nozzle or barrel at the base of the
fire, not at the flames
Squeeze the handle
Sweep back and forth at the base of the fire