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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Experts advise to learn how to use your fire extinguisher before an emergency occurs. Use the acronym PASS to help you remember how to use your extinguisher and the order of steps you need to take to extinguisher the fire.

P - Pull the extinguisher's safety pin.

A - Aim the chemical at the source of the flames or the base of the fire not the flames themselves. Stand back at least 6 feet from the fire (or as directed on the extinguisher's label).

S - Squeeze the trigger. Hold the extinguisher upright.

S - Sweep the flame source until the extinguisher is empty. A rechargeable extinguisher can be refilled after use.