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B U r N S C AU S E D B Y E L E C T r I C I T Y

Electrical Fires

Electricity is one of the most common causes of fires and thermal burns in homes and workplaces. Defective or misused electrical equipment is a major cause of electrical fires. If there is a small electrical fire, be sure to use only a Class C or mul- tipurpose (ABC) fire extinguisher, or you might make the problem worse. All fire extinguishers are marked with letter(s) that tell you the kinds of fires they can put out. Some extinguishers contain symbols, too.

The letters and symbols are explained below (including suggestions on how to remember them).

A (think: Ashes) = paper, wood, etc. B C (think: Barrel) = flammable liquids (think: Circuits) = electrical fires

Here are a couple of fire extinguishers at a worksite. Can you tell what types of fires they will put out?

This extinguisher can only be used on Class B and Class C fires.

This extinguisher can only be used on Class A and Class C fires.

Learn how to use fire extinguishers at work.

However, do not try to put out fires unless you have received proper training. If you are not trained, the best thing you can do is evacuate.

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