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Using Portable Fire Extinguishers

posted Oct 15, 2015, 10:59 AM by MPFPD Community Emergency Response Team
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is sharing daily fire safety tips throughout the month of October to help make homes and families safer. Now is a good time to review important fire safety tips with your family, including how to properly use portable fire extinguishers. 

Portable fire extinguishers are a valuable resource for immediate use on small fires, and can save lives and property. However, before you consider using an extinguisher, consider these very important details:
  • The U. S. Fire Administration recommends that only people trained to use and maintain a fire extinguisher consider using them! Contact your local fire department for training in your area.
  • The type of fire extinguisher you use should match the type of fire. For example, an electrical fire would require a different extinguishing agent than a grease fire. Most extinguishers display symbols to show the kind of fire on which they can be used; and
  • If you do not think you would be able to safely put the fire out in five seconds using an extinguisher, do not attempt to use it! Leave the area and call 911.
Should you need to use a fire extinguisher, follow the PASS method:
  • Pull the pin to break the tamper seal;
  • Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle, horn or nose at the base of the fire;
  • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent; and
  • Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out.
To learn more about fire safety, follow the USFA hashtag #firesafein31 on Twitter at @usfire and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfire.