A fire extinguisher.

Should You Have a Fire Extinguisher?

Fire extinguishers can save lives and property. But just having a fire extinguisher wonít make your family safer. Before you buy or use a fire extinguisher, thoughtfully answer these questions:

  • Do you know how to operate the fire extinguisher? If you plan to buy one, are you willing to commit the time to learn how?
  • Do you know when to use it (when the fire is confined to a small area, everyone has exited the building, the fire department has been called, and the room is not filled with smoke)?
  • Are you willing to commit the time to maintaining a fire extinguisher? The Centers for Disease Control recommend that fire extinguishers be inspected monthly, and they must be charged again after use.
  • Do you know exactly how you will get out if the room does fill with smoke?

If you answered Yes to all of these questions, learn more about choosing, learning to use, and maintaining fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers donít replace creating and practicing your escape plan.