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How to Use an Automatic Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers probably don't cross your mind much, unless they're the murder weapon on the most recent episode of your favorite crime drama series.

But they should. Research shows fire extinguishers are responsible for putting out up to 95% of fires before they become large blazes. And with the advent of automatic fire extinguishers, it's never been easier to protect your home or business.

If you're curious about how to use an automatic fire extinguisher, keep reading to learn more!

Full Auto Mode - Quietly Standing Guard

The huge perk of automatic fire extinguishers is that they're always ready. Day or night, whether you're home or not, they're standing guard waiting to jump into action if triggered.

This means that even if you're fast asleep several floors away or you've left your dogs and kids at home while you run to get groceries, you'll have peace of mind knowing measures are in place to keep your home and loved ones protected.

Automatic fire extinguishers like the AFG Fireball are designed to hide in plain sight. Most are mounted in discreet places or disguised as decorative objects.

Simply place the automatic fire extinguisher in places that are obvious fire hazards.

  • Cooking is the largest reason home fires start. Place the extinguisher near your cooktop.
  • Wood stoves can cause fires to start when misused or not cleaned frequently enough. Place the extinguisher on a nearby mantle.
  • Heating appliances like hot water heaters can cause fires. An extinguisher placed in your utility closet can help.
  • An extinguisher placed in your garage can combat fires that start due to flammable liquids and combustibles stored too near heat sources.
  • Use a zip tie to secure a Fireball in the engine compartment of your vehicle to avoid a car fire.

Manual Mode - Taking Measures Into Your Own Hands

In the event a fire starts in a place away from the automatic fire extinguisher, some can be used manually to extinguish the fire.

In the case of the Fireball, for instance, it can be thrown into the flames. Stand a safe distance away from the flames, but near enough to be able to get the Fireball into them. Toss or roll the Fireball into the flames and then move away.

The Fireball should deploy within a few seconds of being touched by flames. The fire should be completely extinguished, but continue to monitor the situation.

How to Use an Automatic Fire Extinguisher, Explained

Knowing how to use an automatic fire extinguisher is an important step in fire safety. In case of a fire, your first step should always be to contact 911. If multiple people are present, direct one to call the fire department while others battle the flames.

Remember, nothing is more important than life, so make sure all people and pets are evacuated and clear of the flames while efforts to suppress it happen.

The AFG Fireball is a one-of-a-kind automatic fire extinguisher designed to hide in plain sight and keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire. Learn more with our FAQ today!