Selecting a Fire Extinguisher
For the office, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle. This type of extinguisher will be a dry chemical agent with an A-B-C classification. Extinguishers installed shall have a minimum rating of 2-A. For more information, see our Fire Extinguisher Classification page
Independent Testing Laboratory
Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory (UL).
Reading the Instructions
Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher training.
Where to Install Extinguishers
Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
Leaving the Extinguisher
Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are 1 element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every business should have a fire escape plan.