Boonton Fire Department

Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are used to extinguish a fire in its infancy to prevent it from becoming a large fire. Extinguishers can be used for small fires in which you can extinguish it without getting injured. If you have any doubts about using an extinguisher, don’t. Just get out to safety.

What type should I buy?

    We recommend an ABC extinguisher. It will extinguish the following:

A-      Trash, wood, and paper

B-      Liquid fires (gasoline, flammable liquids)

C-      Electrical Fires

These extinguishers come in different sizes, the most common sizes are 2.5 pound and 5 pound extinguishers. The larger the extinguisher, the more fire it can extinguish.

Where should they be installed?

·         Kitchens, garages, and near fireplaces.

How do I use an extinguisher?

The “PASS Method”

Pull the pin

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the handle to spray contents of extinguisher

Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire