A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely.
Attempting to put a fire out without any formal training may put you in danger. However, if you have read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out use a five-pound ABC type extinguisher which should be kept in a location that is easily accessible.
Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.
For fire extinguisher recommendations/tips, contact Brampton Fire and Emergency Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Brampton Fire does provide fire extinguisher awareness presentation/training for local businesses.