How To Operate a Fire Extinguisher

1. Pull (Pin)

Pull pin at the top of the extinguisher, breaking the seal. When in place, the pin keeps the handle from being pressed and accidentally operating the extinguisher. Immediately test the extinguisher.

(Aiming away from the operator) This is to ensure the extinguisher works and also shows the operator how far the stream travels

2. Aim

Approach the fire standing at a safe distance. Aim the nozzle or outlet towards the base of the fire.

3. Squeeze

Squeeze the handles together to discharge the extinguishing agent inside. To stop discharge, release the handles.

4. Sweep

Sweep the nozzle from side to side as you approach the fire, directing the extinguishing agent at the base of the flames. After an A Class fire is extinguished, probe for smouldering hot spots that could reignite the fuel.