Fire Extinguishers

When used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or controlling it until the fire department arrives. Portable extinguishers, intended for the home, are not designed to fight large or spreading fires. However, even against small fires, they are useful only under certain conditions:

  • Pull the safety pin from the extinguisher head
  • Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the flames
  • Squeeze the lever below the handle on the extinguisher
  • Sweep the extinguisher from side to side across the flames

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