Fire Fighting

Step 1:

Your Safety is the most important consideration.  Do not fight the fire if:

  • There is considerable heat
  • There is significant smoke or fumes
  • There is any possibility that you will be trapped by the fire.


Call the Fire Department: You or someone else should call the fire department or the fire emergency number provided to you before fighting the fire.


Choose the correct Fire Extinguisher: Extinguishers may handle more than one type of fire.  Check the instructions on the extinguisher for the appropriate classification or symbol.

Fire Extinguisher Labelling

Fire Extinguisher Labelling


Using the Extinguisher:

  1. Pull the Pin:  Point the nozzle away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  2. Aim Low:  Hold the extinguisher upright and aim at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the Trigger:  Remember that when the extinguishing agent comes out of the nozzle, it may do so with considerable force and noise:  so be prepared!
  4. Sweep side to side: Sweep the nozzle from side to side driving the fire back.  As the fire closest to you is extinguished, you may move forward but continue the sweeping motion.
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