Northwest Fire District

Fire Extinguishers

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Fire Extinguishers

In America, a fire starts in a residential home every 83 seconds. 74% of ALL fires occur in a home just like yours. That’s why a fire extinguisher mounted within easy reach is so important as part of your Home Safety Plan. If you are able to react to a fire when it starts – whether it starts in the kitchen, garage, or any other room in your home – chances are good that you can stop the fire with the right type of extinguisher.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

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

P.A.S.S.
P.A.S.S. How-To
  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that keeps the handle from being accidentally pressed.
  • Aim the nozzle toward the base of the fire.
  • 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.
  • 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 re-ignite!

Congratulations — you did it!!!

Remember, to correctly use your extinguisher use P.A.S.S. :

P.A.S.S. Demonstration