Safety Corner

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Safety

image: fire extinguisherAn extensive recall was initiated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for approximately 40 million plastic-handle model fire extinguishers produced by Kidde between January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015. (That’s a lot!)

As this recall could affect your home fire extinguishers as well as school extinguishers, this recall notice was communicated to all district employees and placed on the district website for parents. The recall is related to the handles becoming loose and falling off and/or clogged. Deaths have been documented as a result of the failure(s).

Instructions for replacing the affected models are included in the recall notice. Many of the recalled fire extinguishers are home use models. See the link below to see if your extinguisher is at risk and how to get a replacement.

Fire Safety Tips for the Home

  • Fall is the perfect time to change batteries in your smoke detectors.
  • Does your family have a fire plan? Great time to review it.
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and garage? Know how to use it?

Remember this Acronym “PASS”

P = Pull the pin

A = Aim at the base of the fire

S = Squeeze the handle

S = Sweep the extinguishing agent at the base of the fire

Types of Fires

A = Something that leaves an ash, like paper or wood.

B = Oils and fuels (gasoline or other flammable liquids)

C = Electrical (burning electronics, transformers etc.)

D = Burning metals (magnesium etc.)

Extinguishers have the classes of fire they are designed to put out printed on the label. Typically most extinguishers are ABC. Once an electrical fire is de-energized (class C) it will become a class A fire as the insulation or material around it continues to burn.