Portable Fire Extinguishers

Used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the Fire Department arrives. Portable extinguishers for home use, however, are not designed to fight large or spreading fires.

For most homes a four to seven pound, ABC or multipurpose extinguisher is your best bet. Make sure it’s easy to handle but large enough to put out a small fire. Fire extinguishers should be installed close to exits. Read the instruction manual for your fire extinguisher to ensure you understand how to use it.

In Case of Fire

  1. Quickly size up the situation and stay calm.
  2. Get everyone out and call 911 to report the fire.
  3. If the fire is small, fight it using the extinguisher.
  4. Keep near an exit so you have an escape if it gets out of control.
  5. Stay low and out of the heat and smoke
  6. Use the PASS technique and remember most fire extinguishers only last for 30 – 40 seconds:

The PASS Technique:

When it is time to use the extinguisher on a fire, just remember PASS!

Pull the pin.

Aim the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire from the recommended safe distance.

Squeeze the operating lever to discharge the fire-extinguishing agent.

Starting at the recommended distance, Sweep the nozzle or hose from side to side until the fire is out. Move forward or around the fire area as the fire diminishes. Watch the area in case of re-ignition.

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