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.
Pull the pin from the handle.
Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not the top of the flames.
Squeeze the handle.
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.
- Keep your escape route open. Don’t stand with the fire between you and the exit.
- Even if the fire seems extinguished, never turn your back on it. It could flare up again.
- Keep at least one fire extinguisher in the garage, kitchen and on every floor of the house, near exits.
- Check the expiration dial on your fire extinguisher and replace them regularly.
- When your fire extinguisher is near expiring, let each member of the household practice using one outside in a large empty garbage bag.