Fire Extinguishers - Town of Gravenhurst

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Fire Extinguishers

Always call 9-1-1 before you try to put out a fire.

If used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives.  However, portable extinguishers for home use are not designed to fight large or spreading fires and are only useful if:

  • The operator knows how to use the extinguisher.
  • The extinguisher is within easy reach, in working order and fully charged.
  • The operator must have a clear escape route that will not be blocked by fire.
  • The extinguisher must match the type of fire being fought.  Extinguishers containing water are not suitable for use on grease or electrical fires.
  • The extinguisher must be large enough to put out the fire.

All fire extinguishers are labeled for the type and size of fire they can extinguish.  Use the labels as a guide to purchase the kind of extinguisher that suits your needs.

If you are using a portable fire extinguisher remember the acronym PASS:

  • P for Pull the pin
  • A for Aim the nozzle
  • S for Squeeze the trigger handle
  • S for Sweep from side to side

Remember to always keep your eye on the fire and your back to the door or exit.

Installation and Maintenance

Fire extinguishers should be installed in plain view, above the reach of children, near an escape route, and away from stoves and heating appliances.  Extinguishers require care.  Read your operator’s manual to learn how to inspect your extinguisher.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance.  Rechargeable models must be serviced after every use.  Disposable fire extinguishers can only be used once.

If you are part of a community group or a business, please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 705-687-3414 to arrange for training on the use of portable fire extinguishers.