How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

If a fire starts in your home, you have no time to waste reading directions. Learn how to use a fire extinguisher now, so you’re ready in case of an emergency. The acronym PASS is an easy way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher. Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.


  1. Pull Fire Extinguisher Handle Pull the pin from the handle.
  2. Aim Fire Extinguisher Instructions Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not the top of the flames.
  3. Squeeze Man Extinguishing Fire Squeeze the handle.
  4. Sweep Man Extinguishing Fire Sweep the stream from side to side, while still squeezing the handle, until the fire is out.

Helpful Safety Tips

    • If the fire is spreading, get out immediately. Only a trained firefighter can handle a spreading fire. Fire Flames
    • Keep your escape route open. Don’t stand with the fire between you and the exit. Man Extinguishing Fire Outside
    • Even if the fire seems extinguished, never turn your back on it. It could flare up again. Extinguished Fire
    • Keep at least one fire extinguisher in the garage, kitchen and on every floor of the house, near exits. Fire Extinguisher Under Cabinet
    • Check the expiration dial on your fire extinguisher and replace them regularly. Fire Extinguisher Dial
    • When your fire extinguisher is near expiring, let each member of the household practice using one outside in a large empty garbage bag. Fire Extinguisher Label
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