3. While the extinguisher is off the mounting bracket, check for any
signs of damage or misuse. Make sure you can still read
all the text on the label.
4. Carefully examine the surface of the extinguisher for corrosion.
You can help prevent corrosion by cleaning the extinguisher if it
gets wet or dirty. If you notice corrosion during the warranty peri-
od, return the unit to BRK Brands, Inc. (see warranty information
at the end of this manual).
5. Make sure the tamper indicator (“safety
seal”) is still intact as shown in “Location
Of The ‘Safety Seal’” Make sure the nozzle
is clean and unobstructed.
6. When you finish inspecting the
extinguisher, put it back securely into the
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.
Kitchen Fire Extinguishers
IMPORTANT! Please read carefully and save.
This user’s manual contains important information about your fire extin-
guisher’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
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
READ BEFORE INSTALLING OR USING
THIS FIRE EXTINGUISHER!
Model KFE2S5 is rated 5-B:C.
This unit is NOT rated to fight Class A fires.
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
A Fire Extinguisher Should Be Mounted:
• In the vicinity of (but not on or in) a potential source of heat
and/or fire, like an oven or stove.
• Where it is easy to reach, near an exit or an escape route from
• In a location that is convenient, in plain sight, and 3-1/2 to 5
feet above the floor.
• Store the extinguisher high enough to keep it out of the reach
of small children.
• On a clean, dry surface where the temperature does not go
above 120° F (49° C) or below –40° F (-40°C).
HOW TO INSTALL THIS EXTINGUISHER
NOTE: Since wall surface types vary, mounting screws are not includ-
ed. 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.
The plastic cap on this extinguisher serves as a quick-release wall
If you do not mount the fire extinguisher on the wall, you must
remove the cap and store it separately. Failure to remove the cap
from a free-standing extinguisher may prevent it from working
properly in an emergency.
REMOVE THE MOUNTING
1. Hold the extinguisher with the
back (mounting surface) of the
cap facing you. Make sure to
hold the metal canister, not the
2. Grasp the rectangular release
handle on the back of the cap.
Pull the handle up to remove the
cap/bracket from the extinguish-
er as shown.
MOUNT THE BRACKET/CAP ON A WALL
Remember--Do not mount the extinguisher on drywall or plaster
without adequate support (see ‘Caution’ above.)
Install the mounting bracket on a wooden
stud or other solid surface that will support
the weight of the extinguisher. Use 1-1/4”
long #8 pan or round screws with a #8
washer as shown. Choose at least two of
the six holes provided on the Mounting
Bracket/Cap. Using two holes that are
opposite each other (i.e. the top and bot-
tom center holes) is recommended.
Mounting screws are not included (see
After installing the mounting bracket, replace
the extinguisher on the bracket with the label
facing outward, so the label can be easily read.
• Do not mount the extinguisher on drywall or plaster without
adequate support. Use strong screws or bolts to mount the
bracket securely into solid wood or metal that can support it,
like a wooden partition stud. Secure mounting is needed so
you can remove the extinguisher quickly and easily in an emer-
gency. Also, if the extinguisher is not held securely, it could
drop to the floor and injure people or damage the extinguisher
• Do not break the safety seal! This seal prevents accidental
discharge of the fire extinguisher. Break the seal only in an
emergency before using the fire extinguisher.
HOW TO OPERATE YOUR FIRE
EXTINGUISHER IN A FIRE EMERGENCY
TO FIGHT THE FIRE
1. Remove the extinguisher from the mounting bracket.
2. Hold the unit firmly with the nozzle facing away from you. Pull out
the pin to break the “Safety Seal”. You won’t be able to squeeze
the trigger until the safety seal is removed.
3. Stand back 6 feet (2 meters) from the fire and make sure the fire is
not between you and your exit.
4. Hold the extinguisher upright and aim the nozzle at the base
of the fire.
5. Press the lever to discharge the powder.
6. Sweep the spray at the base of the burning material, using quick
side-to-side motions. (If the spray scatters the fire, move back.)
7. Move slowly towards the fire as the extinguisher spray pushes the
fire back. Maintain a 6-foot (2 meter) distance between you and
the front of the fire at all times.
8. Completely discharge the contents of the extinguisher and make
sure the fire is completely out. Flashbacks are common with fires.
• Make sure your extinguisher may be safely and effectively
used on the small fire you want to fight. Always use extreme
caution when fighting any fire. Fight a fire only where there is
a clear escape path to allow you to get out safely if the fire
• Avoid breathing smoke and heated fumes; stay low if neces-
sary. Burning materials will release toxic fumes. Inhaling
these fumes may cause injury or death.
• Always stand back far enough away from the fire—near an
exit—and make sure nothing is between you and your
escape route. If you get too close to a fire, you risk getting
burned or hit by splattering material like grease. If the fire is
too hot or smoky for you to get within 6 feet (2 meters), DO
NOT try to fight the fire yourself. Evacuate immediately and
call the Fire Department.
• For fires on a kitchen stove, turn oven or burners off immedi-
ately if possible. If you can’t reach the oven or burner con-
trols safely, extinguish the fire first, then turn them off.
• Fight the fire from an upwind direction with your back to any
strong air current. Trying to fight a fire with currents blowing
towards you can result in serious injury.
IF YOUR EXTINGUISHER NEEDS SERVICE
This fire extinguisher is a disposable device that is NOT rechargeable.
Do not try to service or repair this fire extinguisher under any
circumstances. Do not try to remove the nozzle or valve assembly.
This is a pressurized device that can cause serious injury if
If there is a problem and it is still under warranty, return it, shipping
prepaid to BRK Brands, Inc.: Consumer Affairs, 3920 Enterprise Court,
Aurora IL 60504-8132.
DISPOSING OF A USED EXTINGUISHER
Completely discharge the extinguisher outdoors, dispose of the unit
properly, and replace it with a new fire extinguisher.
Never puncture, burn or expose this fire extinguisher to tempera-
tures over 150° F (66° C) even if it is fully discharged. The contents
are under pressure and it could explode.
5 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Coverage: BRK Brands, Inc. ("BRK") the maker of First Alert
products, warrants that for a period of five years from the date of pur-
chase, this product will be free from defects in material and workman-
ship. BRK, at its option, will repair or replace this product or any com-
ponent of the product found to be defective during the warranty peri-
od. Replacement will be made with a new or remanufactured product
or component. If the product is no longer available, replacement may
be made with a similar product of equal or greater value This is your
This warranty is valid for the original retail purchaser from the date of
initial retail purchase and is not transferable. Keep the original sales
receipt. Proof of purchase is required to obtain warranty performance.
BRK dealers, service centers, or retail stores selling BRK products do
not have the right to alter, modify or any way change the terms and
conditions of this warranty.
This warranty does not cover normal wear of parts or damage result-
ing from any of the following: negligent use or misuse of the product,
use on improper voltage or current, use contrary to the operating
instructions, disassembly, repair or alteration by anyone other than
BRK or an authorized service center. Further, the warranty does not
cover acts of God, such as fire, flood, hurricanes and tornadoes or any
batteries that are included with this unit.
BRK shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages
caused by the breach of any express or implied warranty. Except to
the extent prohibited by applicable law, any implied warranty of mer-
chantability or fitness for a particular purpose is limited in duration to
the duration of the above warranty. Some states, provinces, or jurisdic-
tions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or conse-
quential damages or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts,
so the above limitations or exclusion may not apply to you. This war-
ranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights that vary from state to state, or province to province.
How to Obtain Warranty Service:
If service is required, do not return the product to your retail-
er. In order to obtain warranty service, contact the Consumer Affairs
Division at 1-800-323-9005, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Central Standard
Time, Monday through Friday. To assist in serving you, please have the
model number and date of purchase available when calling.
3920 Enterprise Court, Aurora, IL 60504-8132.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Important Information About Fire Extinguishers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Read Before Installing or Using This Fire Extinguisher . . . . . . . . .1
Where to Install This Extinguisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
How to Install This Extinguisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Checking and Inspecting the Fire Extinguisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
How to Operate Your Fire Extinguisher in a Fire Emergency . . . .3
After the Fire is Extinguished . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
If Your Fire Extinguisher Needs Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Disposing of a Used Extinguisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
5 Year Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
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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 con-
trol. 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 not toxic, but can irritate skin. When using
this unit, avoid breathing the powder. Always ventilate the area
All Rights Reserved. © 2002 BRK Brands, Inc.
, 3901 Liberty Street Road, Aurora, IL 60504-8122
Consumer Affairs: (800) 323-9005 • www.firstalert.com
is a registered trademark of the First Alert Trust.
This unit will not operate with mounting bracket attached.
The extinguisher must be removed from the mounting bracket
or it cannot discharge its contents to fight a fire.
CHECKING AND INSPECTING
THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Inspect and test the extinguisher once a week. Start by removing the
extinguisher from the mounting bracket/cap.
1. Review the manual and instruction label with everyone in your
home. Everyone should know how to use the extinguisher in
2. Check the extinguisher pressure by press-
ing 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
pressure and must be replaced. If the unit is
still under warranty, return it to BRK Brands,
Inc. immediately. If the warranty has expired,
take the unit outside and discharge the con-
tents completely. Discard the old extinguish-
er and replace it immediately.
AFTER THE FIRE IS EXTINGUISHED
After any fire it is advisable to have the area inspected by the Fire
Department. The powder spray from the extinguisher may spread over
a wide area, and may soil upholstery, carpets and walls. You should
clean up the powder as soon as possible.
Do not turn the electrical power back on or plug in any appliances
until the area has been cleaned up completely. It is very important to
remove the powder from electrical equipment after a fire. If the
powder gets wet, it can conduct electricity. (Using a dry chemical
extinguisher on wet electrical equipment may be hazardous for this
reason.) This may worsen an electrical leakage problem, impair the
equipment’s insulation, or create an electrical shock hazard.
If the fire was on a kitchen stove:
• Make sure the oven and all burners are turned off.
• Clean up the powder completely before using the stove or oven--
this is especially important for self-cleaning ovens. Ventilate the
If you think the fire had an electrical origin:
• Shut off the electrical power, if possible--do not touch any electri-
cal wires or appliances.
• Leave the building and close all doors behind you. Call the Fire
Department and have them inspect the entire house As soon as
they say it’s safe to return, ventilate the area thoroughly.
• Have a licensed electrician inspect your electrical system. Do not
turn the power back on or plug in any electrical equipment until
the inspection has been completed.
Do not check the pressure or test the fire extinguisher by spray-
ing it, even briefly. Once used it will gradually lose pressure and
will not be fully charged for use in an emergency.
Location of the