Every home should have an ABC fire extinguisher for electrical fires. Homes should also have a smoke alarm on every floor of the house.
Having the proper home safety fire extinguishers on hand (including an ABC fire extinguisher) can protect you and your home should you have a small electrical fire.
Home fire extinguisher ratings are categorized into three basic types, class A, B, and C:
- Class A fire extinguisher for protection against paper, fabric, and wood fires
- Class B fire extinguisher for protection against flammable liquid fires
- Class C fire extinguisher for protection against live electrical fires
In order to be electrically rated, there are strict guidelines that the contents of a Class C fire extinguisher must pass if it is to be used as an electrical equipment fire extinguisher.
Portable Fire Extinguisher Sizes
Portable fire extinguishers are designed for home use and are available for over the counter purchase in various sizes. While it is understood that large fire extinguishers are designed to put out larger fires, they can also be quite heavy.
When purchasing, do keep in mind who will be using the ABC fire extinguisher in the event of a fire. For instance, if a small child tries to use a 10 lb. fire extinguisher, he or she will have some difficulty lifting, moving, and/or controlling the device.
How to Buy an ABC Fire Extinguisher
For home use fire extinguishers, you may only need an ABC fire extinguisher. Here are some guidelines for buying a home fire extinguisher.
- Purchase a size that the smallest individual in your home can handle.
- Purchase one for each floor, or two for each floor if your home is quite large.
- Some fire extinguishers have plastic heads that are disposable while others have metal heads and can be refilled. Refilling can often be cheaper than buying a new fire extinguisher.
- A 10 lb. fire extinguisher might be suitable for a garage, whereas a 5 lb. for a kitchen or laundry room), and a 2 lb. for a vehicle.
- Make sure that there is a fire extinguisher placed on each level of your home and that they are easily accessible.
- Read the instructions provided with each ABC fire extinguisher and train your family on how to use them.
How to Use An ABC Fire Extinguisher
Thankfully, in most cases, homeowners rarely have to use an electrical fire extinguisher however, if the occasion should ever arise, everyone in your household should be familiar with the Fire Extinguisher PASS Method.
PASS is an acronym that simply means Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep:
- PULL out the safety pin
- AIM the hose or nozzle towards the bottom of the fire
- SQUEEZE the fire extinguisher handle
- SWEEP from side to side as you extinguish the fire
You can also check out this City of Vancouver page on Fire Extinguishers.
Still Have Questions About Electrical Fire Extinguishers
If you live in an older home or if you have any concerns about the condition of your home’s electrical wiring, talk to our certified electricians about having an electrical safety inspection completed.
Our Abbotsford electricians at Premium Electric service homeowners and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley including Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Aldergrove, and Langley BC.