Each floor of your home should have a working fire extinguisher.

Portable fire extinguishers can be an important component of your home’s fire-safe preparedness. Improper use of a fire extinguisher could result in spreading the fire, causing serious injury or death, so homeowners should understand how and when to use a fire extinguisher.

When used properly, a fire extinguisher can cool the burning fuel or remove the oxygen so a fire cannot continue to burn.

Some rules for effectively using a fire extinguisher. If you think the decision to fight a small fire will not result in additional risk to you or to people around you:

  • Call the Fire Department or 911 and get everyone out of the house.
  • Stay near a door that can be used as an escape.
  • Stay low to avoid toxic smoke and fumes.
  • P-ull the pin, holding the extinguisher upright.
  • A-im at the base of the fire from about 20-feet away.
  • S-queeze the handle.
  • S-weep the nozzle from side to side.

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