Fire Extinguishers

A fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but there are limitations. Always call 911. If smoke fills the room or the fire spreads, GET OUT.  Close the doors behind you.  


All fires are identified by a class  A, B, C, D, or K  based on the way the materials burn. 

Fire Classifications ABCDK

Letters and symbols on extinguishers show the class of fire they can handle. Most households are best protected by a multi-purpose fire extinguisher, ABC.Label Extinguisher ABC Follow Manufacturer Instructions

Choose at least a 2.5 pound or 1A:10B:C  size extinguisher.

Check your own extinguisher's label for detailed instructions. 


Install extinguishers in the kitchen, garage, workshop, or wherever you have flammables. Install them near exits and away from heat sources. Extinguishers must be easy to see. 


Household extinguishers can be used only once. Replace extinguishers that are 10 years old or if the needle in the gauge is not in the GREEN. For information on how to recycle your old or used extinguisher, you can visit the Dakota County Website.



  • PULL the pin at the top near the button or lever. 
  • AIM low, point the nozzle at the base of the fire. 
  • SQUEEZE the lever to release the agent that puts out the fire. 
  • SWEEP from side to side, aiming at the base. Move carefully toward the fire if it seems to be going out. 

Pull Aim Squeeze Sweep "PASS" Fire Extinguisher Instructions