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Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers

Please remember extinguishers have limits; they are not for large fires because most last less than 30 seconds. When used properly a portable extinguisher can save lives and property by knocking down a small fire or containing one until the fire department arrives.

Installation and Proper Maintenance

Portable extinguishers should be installed in plain view. Near an escape route, away from any heating appliances, and above the reach of children. It is very important to maintain your extinguisher because you want to know that it will work if the time comes that you may need to use it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for maintenance.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguisher training

  • Always use the manufacturer's instructions when using a fire extinguisher.
  • Always remember PASS. PASS stands for Pull/Aim/Squeeze/Sweep.
  • Keep a safe distance from you and the fire.
  • Hold the extinguisher by its handle in an upright position.
Pull the safety pin or lever to unlock the extinguisher.
Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the handle fully.
Sweep from side to side.
  • Start at the front of the fire; work your way to the back.
  • Always back away, never turn your back on the fire!

Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are four basic types of fire extinguishers. Each class of extinguisher will have an icon to indicate how a extinguisher should be used.

Class AOrdinary CombustiblesWood, Cloth, Paper
Class BFlammable LiquidsGasoline or Oil
Class CEnergized Electrical EquipmentWiring, Fuse Boxes, Breakers, Appliances
Class DFlammable MetalsMagnesium, Potassium

Types of Fire Extinguishers