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Fire Suppression

Fire Extinguishers

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Class A To be used on ordinary combustible fires like wood, cloth and paper.
Class B To be used on fires fueled by flammable liquids like gasoline, oil and paints.
Class C To be used on electrical fires sparked by wiring and appliances.
Class D To be used on fires involving combustible metals such as magnesium.
or domestic purposes, consider purchasing an approved ULC extinguisher that has an ABC rating. These can be used on most types of domestic fires.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

  • The best time to learn how to use a fire extinguisher is before you ever need to. It’s easy to use a fire extinguisher by remembering the acronym PASS: 
  • A typical five pound fire extinguisher will last approximately 10-15 seconds. If you cannot put out the fire in that time, it is best to leave the building, and call 9-1-1.

Placement of Portable Extinguishers

  • It is recommended that a minimum 5 lbs. ABC portable extinguisher is kept in the home, and the garage.
  • Secure extinguishers to a wall in a location that is easy to access during an emergency


  • Portable extinguishers must be serviced after each use
  • Check your extinguisher gauge monthly for proper pressure

Home Fire Sprinklers


  • Home fire sprinklers can dramatically reduce the amount of heat, flames and smoke produced from a fire, allowing people more time to escape safely. 
  • Each sprinkler activates independently; therefore, only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, avoiding water damage to other parts of your home.
  • The amount of water used by the sprinkler is significantly smaller than what would need to be used by a fire department hose.
  • Sprinklers can be installed in new or existing homes.


  • A qualified contractor should install and perform maintenance on your fire sprinkler system.
  • Inspect your sprinklers monthly to ensure they are not blocked, which may prevent the home fire sprinkler from detecting a fire.
  • Never paint over your home fire sprinkler.
  • Ensure that the main control valve is never turned off.

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