A relatively small fire can turn into an out of control blaze in less than a minute. By keeping a fire extinguisher handy inside your home, you can significantly limit damage to your property, and potentially even save lives. Here’s what every homeowner should consider. 

What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do You Need?

Fire extinguishers are categorized into separate classes, designated by letters. Each “class” indicates the type of fire the extinguisher can put out. For example, Class A is for fires caused by wood, paper, and other similar combustibles. Class B is suitable for fires fueled by flammable liquids, like grease or oil. Most households will benefit from a multipurpose extinguisher (such as a class ABC), which should be able to handle most potential fires.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

If you need to use your fire extinguisher, start by pulling the pin and releasing the lock. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Gently squeeze the lever, and then sweep the nozzle back and forth until the fire is completely extinguished. 

While fire extinguishers can greatly limit the potential damage from a fire, they won’t be able to stop every blaze. If you’ve suffered a loss due to a house fire, contact your Pike Mutual agent as soon as possible to begin processing your claim.