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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire Triangle
Fire Triangle
Fuels
Fuels
Types
Types
Rules
Rules
How To
How To

It's easy to remember how to use a fire extinguisher if you can remember the acronym PASS, which stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep.

Pull the pin Pull the pin.
This will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
Aim at the base of the fire Aim at the base of the fire.
If you aim at the flames (which is frequently the temptation), the extinguishing agent will fly right through and do no good. You want to hit the fuel.
Squeeze the handle Squeeze the top handle or lever.
This depresses a button that releases the pressurized extinguishing agent in the extinguisher.
Sweep side to side Sweep from side to side
until the fire is completely out. Start using the extinguisher from a safe distance away, then move forward. Once the fire is out, keep an eye on the area in case it re-ignites.

Theory is great, but there is no substitute for hands-on experience. If you would like to practice using a fire extinguisher (or set up a class to do so), please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 593-1666, Sara Fares at 597-1748 or Bill Henestofel at 593-1665.

To complete the Fire Extinguisher Training Module, please take the Quiz.