How do I select a fire extinguisher?

There are four basic types of fires. Portable extinguishers are labeled so that the most appropriate extinguisher is chosen for use on a specific type of fire. Portable extinguishers are labeled using standard symbols for the classes of fires. A slash through any symbol means: “that certain extinguisher should not be used on that certain type of fire.” A mission symbol means: “that certain extinguisher has not been formally tested for a given class of fire”.

Multi-purpose extinguishers i.e. ABC, may be used successfully on all three types of fires:

  • CLASS A: Ordinary combustibles such as wood, cloth, and paper
  • CLASS B: Flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil, and oil-based paint
  • CLASS C: Energized electrical equipment – including wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, machinery, and appliances
  • CLASS D: Flammable metals
  • Class K: It is used on synthetic cooking oils, and gets its identity as “K” from “KITCHEN”.

Always use the most appropriate extinguisher so that you don’t cause the fire to escalate (become worse) or endanger yourself or others.

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1. What is the “ISO”? What is the City of Port Orange’s ISO rating?
2. Does Port Orange Fire & Rescue have a Volunteer Fire Department?
3. How can I set up a tour of the fire station?
4. I am hosting a special event and I’d like a Firefighter to come speak to our group. Is anyone available for such an event?
5. How can I dispose of used paint, motor oil, and expired fire extinguishers?
6. Can I get my blood pressure checked at the fire station?
7. Can I get assistance installing my smoke detector and changing the batteries in my smoke detector?
8. How do I get a smoke detector or have mine checked?
9. How do I obtain a fire report?
10. I’ve been calling, but no one is in the office.
11. My child has started several small fires recently. Is there anything I can do to deter him/her from doing this again?
12. Can fireworks be used in the City of Port Orange?
13. Which station covers my neighborhood?
14. How do I dispose of expired medications?
15. Where should the Knox Box be installed?
16. How do I prepare for a hurricane?
17. Why does a fire truck come when you call for an ambulance?
18. Why does the Fire Department bring the fire engine just for a simple inspection?
19. Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents, sometimes more lanes than necessary?
20. Why am I not supposed to drive over a fire hose?
21. Why do I need to keep weeds and bushes away from fire hydrants on my property?
22. What other responsibilities do firefighters have other than fighting fires?
23. What should I do when I see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching when I'm driving?
24. My smoke detector is chirping, what does that mean?
25. How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors?
26. Can I burn leaves in my yard?
27. Why do firefighters shop at the local grocery stores?
28. How do I obtain a copy of an EMS report?
29. Sometimes I see emergency vehicles go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and siren and slow down. Why is this?
30. Does the Fire Department install car seats?
31. Why do I see fire trucks from neighboring communities in Port Orange on calls?
32. How do I select a fire extinguisher?
33. Does the fire department service fire extinguishers?
34. Where can I purchase a fire extinguisher?