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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Although there are many different types of fire extinguishers, most of them work in basically the same way. It is important to become familiar with your particular fire extinguisher now, before you are forced to use it in a fire emergency. By understanding how to use a fire extinguisher, you can prevent a small fire from escalating into a catastrophe.

The PASS System

Most people find it helpful to remember a simple acronym, PASS, to successfully operate a fire extinguisher:

  • P: Pull the pin. The first step is to pull out the pin that is located on the top of the fire extinguisher. Pulling the pin releases the fire extinguisher’s locking mechanism that allows you to operate the fire extinguisher.
  • A: Aim. After pulling the pin, aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire. It is important to aim at the base of the fire, not at the flames, since the fuel of the fire is located at its base.
  • S: Squeeze the lever. Slowly squeeze the lever to release the extinguishing agent in a controlled manner. To stop the discharge, let go of the lever. Remember that the extinguisher only holds a limited amount of extinguishing agent, usually lasting around 10 seconds, so use it wisely.
  • S: Sweep. Move the fire extinguisher back and forth across the base of the fire until it has been completely extinguished. Stand a safe distance away, and as the fire begins to recede, more forward.

After a fire has been extinguished, do not immediately leave the scene. Instead, monitor the area for a few minutes to ensure that the fire does not re-ignite.

Contact Us

For all of your fire extinguisher needs, contact the Austin fire safety system installation experts of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020.