Use of Portable Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers should only be used to extinguish small fires by persons trained in their operation and only after the Fire Services Agency has been notified. The rule is if it’s too hot to get close with a portable extinguisher, it’s too dangerous to fight. Another rule is simply; always leave a path of escape at your back. Don’t be trapped without any way to get out.

The basic acronym to remember when attempting to use an extinguisher is P-A-S-S.
Image of a fire extinguisher
1. PULL the pin.

2. AIM the hose or extinguisher at the base of the flames.

3. SQUEEZE the handle/trigger.

4. SWEEP the base of the flames from side to side.
"The Buddy System" - Always use the buddy system. The general rule of thumb is, never attempt to fight a fire alone. When attempting to extinguish a fire, have someone quickly locate another fire extinguisher and return to the fire scene and stand by. In the event that your fire extinguisher empties before the fire is completely extinguished, someone will be prepared to take over and finish the job. Remember; never place a used fire extinguisher back in its cabinet. Whenever an extinguisher has been used, it must be serviced to ensure its future effectiveness.