Should you fight
- Before you begin to fight a small fire make
sure everyone has left or is leaving the building.
- Make sure the fire department has been
Never fight a
fire if even one of the following is true:
- The fire is spreading fast or is already a
- The fire could block your escape route.
- You are untrained in the proper operation of
- You don’t know whether the extinguisher is
designed for the type of fire at hand or is large enough to fight
To fight a fire with an extinguisher in any one of
these cases is irresponsible. Instead, leave immediately, close off the
area, and leave the fire to fire fighters.
Extinguishers have a label on the front with
The operating principle is the same for all
extinguishers – PASS
Pull the pin. Extinguishers have a safety
mechanism to prevent the extinguisher form being accidentally
discharged. Usually the safety mechanism involves a pin held in place by
a plastic tie. Since the plastic may stretch before breaking or may be
difficult to break, twisting the pin first will break the tie easily.
Aim at the base of the fire at the fuel.
Aiming at the fire does no good, since the fire is only the products of
combustion coming off the fuel.
Squeeze the two parts of the handle to
operate the valve and discharge the extinguishing agent.
Sweep the extinguishing agent rapidly back
and forth to cover all of the fuel and separate the fuel from the fire.
In case of flammable liquid fires, technique is very important. The
bigger the fire, the more chance the fire will flash back because of the