how to you a fire extinguisher

How to use a fire extinguisher

While extinguishers are generally easy to operate, you should only use a fire extinguisher if you know how and if you are not putting the safety of yourself or anyone else at risk. The ‘how to use’ instructions are generally listed on the extinguisher label, but you should make sure that you are familiar with these beforehand because you are unlikely to have the time or calmness required to do so once a fire has started. An easy acronym to remember, in order to use the fire extinguisher, is PASS:

Fire extinguisher steps
  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher.
  • Aim the nozzle towards the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle to discharge the extinguisher.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side aiming at the base of the fire.

If your attempt to use the fire extinguisher is unsuccessful, you should vacate the room, shut the door, leave the premises and call 111.


If you are still not feeling confident, we offer training courses to get some hands-on extinguisher experience.


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