How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

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Even though extinguishers come in a number of shapes and sizes, they all operate in a similar manner. Here's an easy acronym for fire extinguisher use:

P A S S -- Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep

Photo of pulling tab on extinquisher Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that keeps the handle from being accidentally pressed.

photo for how to point extinguisher nozzle Photo of spraying fire Aim the nozzle toward the base of the fire.
 
photo for how to point extinguisher nozzle photo of spraying fire extinguisher back and forth Stand approximately 8 feet away from the fire and squeeze the handle to discharge the extinguisher. If you release the handle, the discharge will stop.

extinguisher almost has fire out using extinguiser to put out last part of fire Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire. After the fire appears to be out, watch it carefully since it may reignite!

final use of extinguisher Congratulations -- you did it!!!