Fire extinguisher facts

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Only use fire extinguishers on small, contained fires. Never let the fire get between you and the exit.

  • If you have a fire extinguisher, learn how to use it correctly.
  • Consider purchasing an extinguisher that has an ABC rating. This type can be used on most types of fires.
  • Only use an extinguisher if you have learned how to do so. Remember the acronym PASS: Pull the pin; Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire; Squeeze the trigger; Sweep the extinguisher from side to side until it is empty.
  • Store the extinguisher in plain view, out of the reach of children and away from stoves and heating appliances.
  • Fire extinguishers should be used on small, contained fires. Never let the fire get between you and the exit.
  • Most fire extinguishers empty in less than 30 seconds. If the fire is not out by then, leave the premises immediately and call 9-1-1.
  • Many stovetop fires can be safely extinguished without the use of a fire extinguisher. Slide a lid over the pot to smother the flames and turn off the stove.
  • In most cases, the best thing to do in a fire is get everyone out and call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

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Further information
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Last updated: Sunday, December 17, 2017
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