Fire Extinguisher Guide
NOTE – The intent of this guide is that University employees are NOT REQUIRED to fight fires they discover with portable fire extinguishers; but to provide employees with the information needed to use portable fire extinguishers if a small fire situation arises.
Types of Fire
Class “A” – Involves ordinary combustible materials like: wood, paper, & cloth
Class “B” – Involves flammable & combustible liquids and gases
Class “C” – Involves a fire in electrical equipment
Class “D” – Involves flammable & combustible metals
Class “K” – Involves a fire in a commercial cooking appliance
|Type of Fire Extinguisher to Use||Type of fire|
Commercial cooking appliance
|ABC Dry Chemical||x||x||x|
|BC Dry Chemical||x||x|
|CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)||x||x|
|Pressurized Water Mist||x||x|
|CleanGuard (Halon Replacement)||x||x|
Operation of a Portable Fire Extinguisher
NOTE – A fire extinguisher is designed to extinguish small fires. Any time an employee utilizes a fire extinguisher; they must always have an exit/escape from the situation at their back. Never place a fire situation between you and your exit. If a fire extinguisher is utilized in or around a
University building, the operator must report the incident as a fire to 9 1 1 as soon as possible.
- Pull and TWIST the pin from the extinguishers handle
- Aim the hose or nozzle towards the fire
- Squeeze the handles of the extinguisher together
- Sweep the extinguishing agent at the base of the fire
Training is available
“Hands-on” fire extinguisher training is available and can be arranged by contacting UI Facility Management at 335-5125.