fire extinguisher


Definition of fire extinguisher

: a portable or wheeled apparatus for putting out small fires by ejecting extinguishing chemicals

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As an insurance company, Samsung conducted a poll of the country which found that 58 percent of households did not have a fire extinguisher as of 2017, despite a recent law requiring them. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Samsung's 'Firevase' Is a Smashing Fire Extinguisher," 28 Mar. 2019 Papagni said people should stay in the kitchen while cooking and have a fire extinguisher nearby. David Harris,, "Orlando firefighters rescue cute dog from house fire," 13 July 2018 Eventually, according to The Daily Californian, it was put out by a bystander who had the presence of mind to grab a fire extinguisher. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Delivery Robot Spontaneously Bursts Into Flames," 17 Dec. 2018 The situation was so dire, the report said, that first responders did not put on protective gear before grabbing a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher and using it on the bees. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "California woman covered 'head to toe' with bees in critical condition after attack," 17 July 2018 Worker dormitories did not have emergency exits or fire extinguishers and the escape routes were not labelled. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon's Echo Dot, Kindles made in Foxconn factory rife with labor abuses, rights group says," 11 June 2018 And with Thanksgiving only three weeks away, don't forget to inspect your fire extinguisher for any signs of corrosion, missing pull-pins, and/or changes in the pressure gauge. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Need to Check Your Smoke Detectors During Daylight Saving," 2 Nov. 2018 Sacramento State, San Diego and Sonoma also did not always conduct regular inspections of safety equipment like fume hoods in labs, fire extinguishers, emergency eye washes and showers. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "CSU failed to ensure safety of students working with hazardous materials, audit says | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Apr. 2018 The emergency items such as fire extinguishers and axes are absent. Andrea Estes,, "Baker moves to crack down on commuter train engineers with bad driving records," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fire extinguisher

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fire extinguisher was in 1810

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English Language Learners Definition of fire extinguisher

: a metal container filled with chemicals that is used to put out a fire

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Kids Definition of fire extinguisher

: something (as a container filled with chemicals) used to put out a fire

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