A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property putting out small fires or containing it until the fire department arrives, but portable extinguishers have limitations. It is important to recognize when to leave the RV. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority is to get out safely. The Underwriter Laboratories (UL) classify household fire extinguishers into four types:
|Type A||For use on fires involving combustible materials such as wood, cloth, and paper.|
|Type B||For use on flammable liquid fires, including kitchen grease. Never use water on the type of fire.|
|Type C||For use on fires involving energized electrical equipment.|
|Type ABC||Works on all three types of fires listed above|
The factory-installed dry chemical fire extinguisher, suitable for extinguishing small fires of the Class B and Class C type, is located near the entry door.
Keep your back to a clear exit when you use the fire extinguisher so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately. Know when to leave. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is a safe escape. There are different types of and sizes of fire extinguishers, but for the most part, they all work the same way. To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS.
Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side until the fire is out.
Contact your local fire department, sanitation department or environmental protection department to find out what your local laws stipulate before disposing of your used (non-refillable) factory-installed dry chemical fire extinguisher.