Using a Fire Extinguisher

Follow the four-step PASS procedure outlined below:

  1. Pull the pin to unlock the lever.
  2. Aim at the BASE of the fire to put it out.
  3. Squeeze the lever slowly to release the extinguishing agent. Release the handle to stop the discharge.
  4. Sweep from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth until the flames appear to be out.

Call 9-1-1 every time there is a fire in your home, even if you’ve put the fire out yourself. The fire department will ensure there are no lingering embers or hot spots that might erupt later and let you know about any necessary further precautions. Smoke can be ejected with fans.

After a fire:

  • Cool and cover any minor burns to reduce chance of further injury or infection.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • If you are a tenant, contact the landlord.
  • Do not try to open safes or strong boxes until they have cooled for several hours.
  • If you must leave your home because a building inspector says the building is unsafe, ask for security to guard the property.
  • Follow the instructions, in a later section of this booklet, for recovering from a disaster.

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