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Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers


While portable household fire extinguishers are not designed or intended to fight a large or spreading fire, knowing how to properly operate one may prove vital in the event of a small fire.

With proper training, the right portable fire extinguisher can enable you to control a containable fire until the fire department arrives, helping protect your property.


Before The Fire:

  • Select the most appropriate size and type of fire extinguisher(s) for your home. We recommend no smaller than a 1A10BC rated extinguisher.
  • Choose the largest fire extinguisher you can physically handle.
  • Read all the directions. Know how to use the extinguisher.
  • Mount the extinguisher near the exit door. The most likely area for a fire in your home is the kitchen.


To Fight A Small Fire:

  • Make sure everyone else is leaving the home.
  • Make sure someone is calling the fire department from outside.
  • Obtain the extinguisher and start with your back to the exit making sure the fire does not block your escape.
  • Start 6-8 feet away from the fire.
  • Remember the word PASS:

Pull the pin out to unlock the operating lever.

Aim the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.

Sweep from side to side, back and forth along the base of the fire, moving closer

carefully until all the flames are out or the extinguisher is emptied. Watch

the fire area. If the fire reignites, continue the process.

  • If the fire does not go out quickly, or if you feel at risk in any way, leave immediately, closing doors as you leave and let the fire department handle it.


After The Fire:

  • Even if you believe the fire is out, have the fire department inspect your home to look for hidden hot spots that could flare up later.

Watch The Video:

Watch a fire extinguisher video here.

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