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Fire Prevention Week: When and how to use a fire extinguisher

Posted Oct. 11, 2019

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An extinguisher rated A-B-C is recommended for home use.

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, is a week during which the Fort Worth Fire Department stresses the importance of knowing when and how to use a fire extinguisher.

Always put your safety first; if you are not confident in your ability to use a fire extinguisher, get out and call 911. The American Red Cross says to evaluate the situation and ensure:

  • Everyone has left or is leaving the home.
  • The fire department has been called.
  • The fire is small, not spreading and there is not much smoke.
  • Your back is to an exit you can use quickly.

Learn about the different types of fire extinguishers; not all will work on every fire. For home use, the National Fire Protection Association recommends a multipurpose device large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy that it will be difficult to handle.

Review the instructions once a year. If you need to use a fire extinguisher, there won’t be time to learn how to do it.

To use a fire extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS:

Pull the pin. Aim low at the base of the fire. Squeeze the handle slowly. Sweep the nozzle side to side.

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