Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Fire Extinguishers

To safely use a fire extinguisher for small fires at home, follow these steps:

  • Pull the pin: This unlocks the handle and allows you to discharge the extinguisher.
  • Aim the nozzle: Point the nozzle at the base of the fire, not the flames. This will help extinguish the fire by cutting off the oxygen supply.
  • Squeeze the handle: This will release the extinguishing agent from the extinguisher.
  • Sweep the nozzle: Move the nozzle back and forth across the base of the fire to extinguish it completely.

Call 911 if the fire doesn’t go out or if it starts to spread. It is important to note that fire extinguishers are designed for small fires only. If the fire is too large, or if you are unsure of your ability to put it out, evacuate the building immediately and call 911. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher before an emergency arises. Know the type of fire it can put out and if it’s suitable for the fire you’re trying to put out.