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How To Use A Fire Extinguisher

Fires cause 3,400 deaths and 17,500 injuries in the U.S. each year.

Fire extinguishers can save lives and property if used properly and individuals are trained beforehand.

If a fire should break out, sound the fire alarm and call the fire department, if appropriate.

Identify a safe evacuation path before approaching the fire with an extinguisher.

Do not allow the fire, heat, or smoke to come between you and your evacuation path.

Most fire extinguishers operate using the following P.A.S.S. technique:

  • PULL... Pull the pin. This will also break the tamper seal.
  • AIM... Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • SQUEEZE... Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • SWEEP... Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat steps 2 - 4.

Remember; always let professionals do their job. If you have the slightest doubt about your ability to fight a fire....EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!

Note: Do not touch the plastic discharge horn on CO2 extinguishers, it gets very cold and may damage skin.

Until next time, stay positive and stay safe.