You Know "How & When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
10 Important Rules to Remember
Most fires start small. Except for explosions, fires
can usually by brought under control if they are attacked
correctly with the right type and size of extinguisher
within the first two minutes!
fire extinguisher should be "listed and labeled" by
an independent testing laboratory. The higher the
rating number on an A or B extinguisher, the more
fire it can put out. Be careful, high-rated units
are often heavier models. Make sure you can hold and
operate the model you are buying.
fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting
out a small fire or containing it until the fire department
arrives. Before attempting to fight a small
fire be sure everyone is out of the building. It is
important to have someone call the fire department.
If the fire starts to spread or threatens your escape
path, get out immediately!
must know how to use the extinguisher, quickly without
taking time to read directions during an emergency.
Remember that the extinguishers need care and must
be recharged after every use.
Pull the pin. Some extinguishers require releasing
a lock latch, pressing a puncture lever or other motion.
Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle (or it's
horn or hose) at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the handle. This releases the extinguishing
Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until
it appears to be out. Watch the fire area in case
fire breaks out again, and repeat use of extinguisher
extinguishers work according to these directions.
But some do not. Read and follow the directions on
your extinguisher. If you have the slightest doubt
about whether or not to fight a fire - DON'T! Get
out and close the door behind you.
fire department about training and practice in the
use of portable fire extinguishers. Many departments
offer training sessions to the public