Home Fire Extinguishers Guide

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ADVISORY: It has come to our attention that persons are falsely representing themselves as members of, or agents of the Yonkers Fire Department in an attempt to solicit business for fire extinguisher servicing. The Yonkers Fire Department does not perform fire extinguisher installation or maintenance, nor do we have  affiliation with any company to do so within city limits. City of Yonkers Fire Inspectors and personnel will always be in uniform displaying the YFD patch on their left sleeve and be able to provide identification proving their affiliation with the YFD.

If you encounter a person or company representing themselves as an agent of the Yonkers Fire Department, please obtain their information and provide it to Fire Prevention at 914-377-7525. Also, feel free to call and speak with an inspector with any questions you may have. 



-Fire extinguishers in commercial occupancies are required to be maintained in accordance with NFPA 10. This  standard requires annual maintenance of fire extinguishers or upon use if sooner than one year. More frequent service is optional but not required. Some companies have been known to solicit business on a more frequent basis and fail to inform the client of the NFPA 10 required interval. 

-Knowing how to properly select and use a fire extinguisher is an important skill for all home owners and apartment residents. The proper fire extinguisher can extinguish a small fire very rapidly. The following information can provide some useful guidelines.

Selecting a Fire Extinguisher

Different materials require different extinguishing agents. Therefore, fire extinguishers are labeled either with the letters A, B, and/or C, depending on the class fires they can extinguish.

Class A: Class A extinguishers will put out fires that occur in ordinary materials such as wood, paper, upholstery or clothing.

Class B: Class B extinguishers will put out flammable liquid fires, such as a grease fire in the kitchen or an oil fire in the garage. Never use water or a Class A extinguisher on flammable liquid fires.

Class C: Class C extinguishers are used in locations where fires may involve electricity, such as on burning wires or electrical equipment that might be 'live'. These extinguishers do not conduct electricity. Never use water or a Class A extinguisher on live wires or electrical equipment.

Multiple Class: Many extinguishers carry a 'BC' because they can be used on both flammable liquid and electrical fires. (Class B, C and Multiple Class Extinguishers will work on Class A fires but are less effective than Class A Extinguishers on deep seated Class A fires.)

Commercial Occupancies

Due to the requirements of NFPA 10 it is advised to have fire extinguishers installed and maintained by a qualified fire extinguisher servicing contractor. Certification (not just membership) from a recognized organization such as National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED) are recommended to help ensure you receive the best service possible.  

Mounting a Home Extinguisher

Mount your extinguisher in a location that is easy to reach during an emergency. The best location is often next to a door or entrance so you will not have to pass flames or smoke in order to reach it.

Using a Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is NO substitute for the Fire Department. One third of all people injured by fire are hurt while trying to control it. All fires must be reported to the Fire Department as per code.

  1. Always call 9-1-1 FIRST. Then attempt to use your fire extinguisher. The Fire Department will be on the way in case the fire cannot be controlled.
  2. Only use a fire extinguisher on small fires.
  3. Be sure that you can get out fast and that the fire is small and not spreading.
  4. Stand back 6 Feet and use the PASS System:

Pull the Pin.
Aim at the base of the flames.
Squeeze the handle.
Sweep from side to side.

If the fire does not go out quickly, close the door to the room and exit the premises promptly. Meet the fire department in front and direct them to the location of the fire.