Fire Extinguisher FAQs

In the event of an emergency, you may find yourself having to operate a fire extinguisher to help protect your home or place of business. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand how to use a fire extinguisher properly, how to put out a fire or the importance of using different types of fire extinguishers to put out certain types of fires. Find the answers below to common questions people have about fire extinguishers.

Q: What are the different classes of fire extinguishers and how do they differ?

There are four different class types of fire extinguishers that are used in different scenarios. They are classified as A, B, C and D.

  • Class A fire extinguishers are ideal for putting out fires that start from ordinary combustibles including wood and paper.
  • Class B fire extinguishers are ideal for flammable liquids such as oil, gasoline and grease.
  • Class C fire extinguishers are for electronics.
  • Class D fire extinguishers are used for flammable metals.

Q: How long does a fire extinguisher last?

You’ll want to check the date of manufacture before use to make sure the fire extinguisher is still functional. Most fire extinguishers need to be refilled or refurbished every 5-6 years. Take the time to check your fire extinguishers on a monthly basis in case you need to use it unexpectedly. The last thing you want is to try to use a fire extinguisher that is not in working order!

Q: How do I know if a fire extinguisher is not safe?

It can be difficult to determine if a fire extinguisher is safe to use, but a common indicator is the pressure gauge. Make sure that the pressure indicator is pointing to the green zone between the two different red zones. If you notice that the indicator is in either of the red zones, this means that the fire extinguisher needs to be serviced as soon as possible and should not be used.

Q: Is it dangerous to drop a fire extinguisher?

Since fire extinguishers are pressurized, dropping one may result in damage to the functionality of the extinguisher. If you accidentally drop a fire extinguisher, make sure that you keep it in an isolated area and contact a professional to handle it.

Q: Are fire extinguishers reusable once they’ve been partially used?

Many fire extinguishers can be recharged by a certified fire equipment dealer after they have been used, regardless of how much of the content was used. If you choose not to refill your used fire extinguisher, dispose of the extinguisher properly. Ensure you replace it with a new fire extinguisher immediately.

Fire extinguishers are essential for the protection and safety of your home and business! Browse our website to find the type of fire extinguishers that are right for you and your home. We have a variety of fire extinguishers ideal for home, auto, commercial, garage, and marine use.