Fire Extinguishers

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

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and your property by putting out a small fire or containing it until we arrive. It is only useful if:

  • You know how to use the extinguisher.
  • The extinguisher is close by, it works and is fully charged.
  • You have a clear escape route that will not be blocked by fire.
  • The extinguisher must match the type of fire you are fighting. Extinguishers that contain water are not suitable for a grease or electrical fire.
  • The extinguisher must be large enough to put out the fire.

All fire extinguishers are labelled. Use the label as a guide to purchase the kind of extinguisher that best suits your needs.

Using a portable fire extinguisher

Remember the acronym PASS:

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

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

Installing and maintaining a fire extinguisher

Install fire extinguishers:

  • In plain view.
  • Out of the reach of children.
  • Near an escape route.
  • Away from stoves and heating appliances.

Extinguishers require care:

  • Read your operating manual to learn how to inspect the extinguisher.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for maintenance.
  • Rechargeable extinguishers must be serviced after they have been used.
  • Disposable extinguishers can only be used once.

We offer portable fire extinguisher training to groups or businesses. If you would like to book some training, please contact us.

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