The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) would like to remind residents that when used appropriately, portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property and are an important part of a home safety plan. Fires grow and spread rapidly, and the first priority for residents should always be to get out safely during a fire.
Use the following tips to remember when and how to use a fire extinguisher:
· For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy that it is difficult to handle.
· Maintain the condition of your fire extinguisher by reading maintenance guidelines, checking the pressure regularly and ensuring it is clean and undamaged.
· Before trying to fight a fire, be sure that:
o Everyone else has left the home and someone is calling the fire department.
o The fire is small, confined, and not spreading.
o You have a clear escape route.
· Only adults who know how to use portable fire extinguishers should use them.
· Use the acronym “PASS” to remember how to use a fire extinguisher:
P for Pull: Pull the pin on the handle to remove it.
A for Aim: Aim the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the flames.
S for Squeeze: Squeeze the top handle downward towards the bottom handle.
S for Sweep: Sweep the nozzle of the fire extinguisher from side to side, aiming at the base of the flames, until the fire is completely out.