Public Education
Public Education is done everyday, whether it is a scheduled
program or a resident calling the station with a question. The
department offers a variety of public education services, to
businesses. Emergency preparedness planning , fire extinguisher
training, CPR, First Aid Training, Automatic defibrulator training,
just contact the fire station and you will be directed to the
firefighter that will assist you with your needs. CPR, First-Aid, and
Automatic Defibrulator training is offered to the general public, to
sign up for a class contact the Mundelein Park District at 847-566-
0650, classes are held Fire Station One.  Fire drills are conducted
annually for all public, private, and pre-schools usually during Fire
Prevention Week. Fire fighters visit our schools doing what we
call a “Truck Talk” a fire truck visits the school a safety talk is
given and a tour of the fire truck is then performed. Fire station
tours are available by contacting the fire station and scheduling
one. Our car seat technicians will ensure that your child car seat
has been properly installed. If you are monitoring your blood
pressure we assist  with that stop by the station and one of the
paramedics will be happy to take it for you.

Each year the Mundelein Fire Department is happy host and
attend special events. During Mundelein Days, we host our annual
Pancake Breakfast, which is held the at the Munch Grounds. We
participate in the parade and supervise the fireworks display. In
September we host our annual Open House, which has many live
demonstrations and activities that are fun for the whole family,
including fire truck rides.
File For Life is a form that
or on your computer, and
leave on your refrigerator.
It has information that
Paramedics will use to
help treat you better. Just
click on the File For Life
image and get yours today.
Should I Use a Fire Extinguisher?

Consider the following three questions before purchasing or using a fire extinguisher to control a fire:

1. What type of fire extinguisher is needed?

Different types of fires require different types of extinguishers. For example, a grease fire and an electrical
fire require the use of different extinguishing agents to be effective and safely put the fire out.

Basically, there are five different types of extinguishing agents. Most fire extinguishers display symbols to
show the kind of fire on which they are to be used.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Class A extinguishers put out fires in ordinary combustible materials such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and
many plastics. Ordinary Combustibles

Class B extinguishers are used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, and oil-based
paints. Flammable Liquids

Class C extinguishers are suitable for use on fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment that is
electrically energized or plugged in. Electrical Equipment

Class D extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in
question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals. Combustible Metals

Class K fire extinguishers are intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in
cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, such as those found in
restaurants, cafeterias, and caterers. Class K extinguishers are now finding their way into the residential market
for use in kitchens.  Combustible Cooking

There are also multi-purpose fire extinguishers - such as those labeled "B-C" or "A-B-C" - that can be used
on two or more of the above type fires.

2. Is the fire at a point where it might still be controlled by a fire extinguisher?

Portable fire extinguishers are valuable for immediate use on small fires. They contain a limited amount of
extinguishing material and need to be properly used so that this material is not wasted. For example, when a
pan initially catches fire, it may be safe to turn off the burner, place a lid on the pan, and use an extinguisher.
By the time the fire has spread, however, these actions will not be adequate. Only trained firefighters can
safely extinguish such fires.

Use a fire extinguisher only if:
•You have alerted other occupants and someone has called the fire department;
•The fire is small and contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket;
•You are safe from the toxic smoke produced by the fire;
•You have a means of escape identified and the fire is not between you and the escape route; and
•Your instincts tell you that it is safe to use an extinguisher.

If all of these conditions are not present, you should NOT try to use a fire extinguisher. Alert other
occupants, leave the building following your home escape plan, go to the agreed upon meeting place, and call
the fire department from a cell phone or a neighbor's home.

3. Am I physically capable of using the extinguisher?

Some people have physical limitations that might diminish or eliminate their ability to properly use a fire
extinguisher. People with disabilities, older adults, or children may find that an extinguisher is too heavy to
handle or it may be too difficult for them to exert the necessary pressure to operate the extinguisher.


Fire extinguishers need to be regularly checked to ensure that:
•The extinguisher is not blocked by furniture, doorways, or any thing that might limit access in an emergency.
•The pressure is at the recommended level. Some extinguishers have gauges that indicate when the pressure is
too high or too low.
•All parts are operable and not damaged or restricted in any way. Make sure hoses and nozzles are free of
insects or debris. There should not be any signs of damage or abuse, such as dents or rust, on the extinguisher.
•The outside of the extinguisher is clean. Remove any oil or grease that might accumulate on the exterior.

•Shake dry chemical extinguishers once a month to prevent the powder from settling or packing. Check the
manufacturer's recommendations.
•Pressure test the extinguisher (a process called hydrostatic testing) after a number of years to ensure that the
cylinder is safe to use. Find out from the owner's manual, the label, or the manufacturer when an extinguisher
may need this type of testing.
•Immediately replace the extinguisher if it needs recharging or is damaged in any way.
2 1/2 lb extinguisher good for use
in kitchen, this is a disposable
5lb extinguisher good for use in
garage, this type has a metal head
and can be serviced if used. This
is the minimum size in a
commercial setting.
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