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Overview of Portable Fire Extinguishers

COURSE NO: M03-013
Overview of Portable Fire Extinguishers
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course is designed to provide basic information on the portable fire extinguishers and their proper selection, location, identification, maintenance and use.


Each year fire causes over $9 billion in direct property loss in US alone. A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. Studies have shown that when an individual is properly trained on the use of fire extinguishers, they are two and a half times more effective when extinguishing a fire.


Extinguishers are classified by the types of fire that they can extinguish. Some extinguishers are suitable for extinguishing only one type of fire, while others can be effective on multiple types. To help in choosing the proper extinguishers, fires are categorized as Class A, B, C, or D, according to the type of fuel (e.g., paper, grease, oil) that is involved in the fire. Extinguishers are available for use on one or more classes of fire, depending on the extinguishing agent they contain (e.g., water, dry chemicals, CO2 or foam). Location and accessibility of fire extinguishers are vital considerations. Extinguishers are more likely be used when they are readily available in sufficient number and type by persons familiar with their operation.


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to all engineers, architects, environmentalists, operations and maintenance personnel, as well as consultants and contractors who construct, build and manage facilities. The course is intended for everyone.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Able to identify the different classes of fires
  • Learn the various types of fire extinguishers with their uses and limitations
  • Able to select, locate and distribute the extinguishers
  • Understand how to use the appropriate fire extinguisher
  • Learn how to identify the labels, signage and rating information on the extinguishers
  • Understand the operation, inspection, maintenance and training requirements
Course Document

In this online engineering PDH course, you need to review the document titled, "Overview of Portable Fire Extinguishers".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Overview of Portable Fire Extinguishers (614 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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