First Alert FESA5 User Manual
First Alert Sports and recreation
Auto Fire Extinguishers
IMPORTANT! Please read carefully and save.
This user’s manual contains important information about your fire extinguisher’s
operation. If you are installing this fire extinguisher for use by others, you must
leave this manual—or a copy of it—with the end user.
Read extinguisher label and the entire user’s manual carefully before installing or
using the unit. Make sure everyone in your household is completely familiar with
the operation of the extinguisher, and review the instructions regularly. In an
emergency, you will not have time to read instructions.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
NOTE: Be sure the extinguisher is rated to fight the type of fire
most likely to occur in the area you choose to install it. Since house-
hold fires commonly start in the kitchen, you should always install
an extinguisher in the kitchen. For added security, you should also
install additional extinguishers in utility areas, and other living areas in
Model FESA5 is rated 5-B:C. It is NOT rated to fight Class A fires.
READ BEFORE INSTALLING OR USING
THIS FIRE EXTINGUISHER!
Fire extinguishers are classified by fire type. The A, B and C
rating system defines the kinds of burning materials each fire
extinguisher is designed to fight. The numbers in front of the A,
B, or C indicate the rating for size of the fire the unit can extin-
guish. Using the wrong type of fire extinguisher can do more
harm than good. Make sure you understand which fire extin-
guisher to use on each class of fire!
Class A rating:
The agent/powder is suitable for
fighting small fires involving wood, paper, cloth,
rubber, and some plastics.
Class B rating: The agent/powder is suitable for
fighting small fires involving grease, oil, gasoline,
kerosene, and other flammable liquids.
Class C rating: The agent/powder is suitable for
fighting small fires in "live" electrical equipment.
WHERE TO INSTALL THIS EXTINGUISHER
This extinguisher is designed to be used in your car or other vehicle. It
has a special mounting bracket to keep the unit from discharging acci-
dentally. We recommend you mount the extinguisher to keep it safe
from puncture or other damage. Since not every vehicle can accom-
modate the mounting bracket, the bracket is also designed to keep
the extinguisher from rolling if you do not mount it.
HOW TO INSTALL THIS EXTINGUISHER
NOTE: Since surface types vary, mounting screws are not included.
Purchase screws or bolts specifically designed for the surface on
which you will mount the fire extinguisher. The fire extinguisher label
lists its maximum weight.
Installing the Mounting Bracket in A Vehicle
Remove mounting bracket from extinguisher by unlocking the clasp
and pulling the bracket away from the extinguisher. Use two strong
screws (such as #8 machine screws) to mount the bracket securely
onto metal or another solid surface that can support the weight of the
fire extinguisher. The mounting bracket must be secure so you can
remove the extinguisher quickly in an emergency.
Install the mounting bracket
as shown in “Installing The
Mounting Bracket” using strong
screws (such as #8 machine
screws) with washers and nuts.
The screws should not be
longer than necessary to
accommodate a washer and
nut. Mounting screws, washers,
and nuts are not included (see
After installing the mounting
bracket, replace the extinguish-
er on the bracket with the nose
of the extinguisher pointing into
CHECKING AND INSPECTING
THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Inspect and test the extinguisher once a
week. Start by removing the extinguish-
er from the mounting bracket/cap.
Check the extinguisher pressure by
pressing the green button on top of the
cap as shown in “Checking the
Pressure.” If the button pops back up,
the extinguisher is properly pressurized
and ready to use. If the button stays
down, the extinguisher has lost pres-
sure and must be replaced.
Check for signs of damage or misuse.
Make sure you can still read all the text
on the label. Carefully examine the sur-
face of the extinguisher for corrosion.
You can help prevent corrosion by
cleaning the extinguisher if it gets wet or dirty. If you notice corro-
sion during the warranty period, return the unit to First Alert
"Limited Warranty" at the end of this manual).
Make sure the tamper indicator
(“safety seal”) is still intact as shown
in “Location Of The ‘Safety Seal’” and
the nozzle is clean and unobstructed.
When you finish inspecting the fire
extinguisher, always put it back into
the mounting bracket. Make sure the
handle is locked down and the safety
seal is intact.
For more information about fire extinguishers, consult the NFPA
Standard #10, “Portable Fire Extinguishers,” available from the
National Fire Protection Association, Inc., Batterymarch Park, Quincy,
MA 02169, USA.
This extinguisher has a quick-release bracket for
mounting. Mount the extinguisher as shown in “Installing the
Do not use sheet metal screws or wood screws; vehicle
vibrations may loosen them.
Do not make holes in the vehicle structure if you are not sure
what is on the other side. You may accidentally cause severe
damage to electrical lines, gasoline lines or tanks,
or other vehicle systems.
Do not break the plastic loop holding the safety pin in place!
This loop prevents accidental discharge of the fire
extinguisher. Break the loop only in an emergency before
using the fire extinguisher.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Important Information About Fire Extinguishers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Read Before Installing or Using This Fire Extinguisher . . . . . . . . .1
Where to Install This Extinguisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
How to Install This Extinguisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Checking and Inspecting the Fire Extinguisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
How to Operate Your Fire Extinguisher in a Fire Emergency . . . .2
After the Fire is Extinguished . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
How to Clean After Using a Fire Extinguisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
If Your Fire Extinguisher Needs Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Disposing of a Used Extinguisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
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, 3901 Liberty Street Road, Aurora, IL 60504-8122
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• This extinguisher is designed for use against small fires that
have just started and are small enough to fight safely. It is not
designed to fight large fires that are burning out of control. If
the fire is too hot or smoky for you to get within 6 feet
(2 meters) of it, do not try to fight it yourself. Warn everyone,
evacuate the premises, and have someone call the Fire
Department from outside the building. Trying to fight a large
fire yourself can result in injury or death.
• Do not puncture or burn any fire extinguisher. The contents are
under pressure, and the extinguisher could explode.
• Never locate this extinguisher close to an engine, stove or
other source of heat. It is pressurized and could rupture or
explode if exposed to temperatures over 150° F (66° C).
• This extinguisher contains a dry powder extinguishing agent. The
agent/powder is nontoxic, but can irritate skin. When using this
unit, avoid breathing the powder. Always ventilate the area after
DO NOT CHECK THE PRESSURE OR TEST THE FIRE
EXTINGUISHER BY SQUEEZING THE TRIGGER, EVEN BRIEFLY.
ONCE USED IT WILL GRADUALLY LOSE PRESSURE AND WILL
NOT BE FULLY CHARGED FOR USE IN AN EMERGENCY.
This Fire Extinguisher
may be mounted:
In the trunk of a vehicle
On an inside panel of
On a clean, dry surface
where the temperature
does not go above 120° F
(49° C) or below –40° F
Do NOT mount this
To the dashboard of the
To the exterior of a vehicle
To the engine of a vehicle
On or near any other
source of heat
Location of the