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 or complete our on-line Service Request form.

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