How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Before you even reach for that fire extinguisher, make sure the fire is still in the incipient stage (the flames aren’t taller than you) and that it’s not threatening to block your evacuation route. If you’re good on both of those fronts, all it takes to effectively operate most fire extinguishers is remembering and executing the acronym P.A.S.S:
PULL the pin.
AIM the nozzle at the base of the fire.
SQUEEZE the handle to release the fire extinguishing agent.
SWEEP the nozzle from side to side until the fire appears to be out.
After executing the P.A.S.S. technique, don’t turn your back on the area of the fire as flames may still flare up. Remember to evacuate immediately and call 9-1-1 if the fire gets out of hand.
Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep until fire is out!