Proper Use of Fire Extinguishers

USING A FIRE EXTINGUISHER in the first two minutes of a fire can keep a small flame from becoming a big one. But valuable time can be lost if those two minutes are spent trying to figure out how to use the extinguisher. Used improperly, your efforts could make the fire worse.

When in doubt, get out! Don't try to fight a fire that is too big, spreading too rapidly or blocks your only exit. Leave immediately and call 911.

Here are some basic tips for proper fire extinguisher use. Review them BEFORE you need them. We've included some easy tricks to trigger your memory when "the heat is on".

To operate the extinguisher, just PASS...

P ull the pin.

A im the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the flames.

S queeze the trigger while holding the extinguisher upright and steady.

S weep the extinguisher from side to side covering the entire area of the fire.

To determine which class of extinguisher to use for a particular fire, remember your ABCs:

"A" is for ordinary fires involving solids such as wood, paper and cloth.

"B" is for flammable liquids such as paint thinner or grease fires.

"C" for electrical equipment.

Fire Extinguisher Training

WE OFFER FREE, hands-on fire extinguisher training to businesses and residents within our service area.

You will learn…

  • Extinguisher types
  • When to use them
  • How to use them
  • Maintenance

To inquire on class availability or schedule a class for your group, call 253-863-1800.

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