The Johnstown Fire Department recommends that every home have a fire extinguisher and that the occupants of that home know how to use the extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers should be rated to the hazards that are found in the home. Usually a multi-purpose ABC fire extinguisher will handle most fire hazards found in the home.
Extinguishers should be located in an area that is easy to access and that will not become blocked in the event of a fire.
Fire extinguishers should be of an appropriate size, no smaller than 10 pounds. The extinguisher should be checked periodically, no less than one time a year, to insure that it is charged and ready for use. Do not try to extinguish any fire that is going to be too big for the size of extinguisher selected.
The P.A.S.S. acronym should be used for extinguisher operation.
Pull the pin from the squeeze handle
Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire
Squeeze the handle firmly
Sweep the base of the fire
Remember - Never turn your back on the fire even if you think the fire has been extinguished.
The Johnstown Fire Department should be called, by dialing 911, any time a fire extinguisher is used to extinguish a fire. There may be hidden fire that only the fire department can detect with special equipment.