PASS – Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep
Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is important – in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.
Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.
Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish. Be sure to read the instructions on your fire extinguisher – different fire extinguishers recommend operating them from different distances. Remember: Aim at the base of the fire, not at the flames!
- Extinguishers are only first aid equipment
- Don’t fight a fire unless you have called 911
- The fire is small
- You have the proper extinguisher
- You know how to use the extinguisher
Extinguishers must be checked on a monthly and yearly basis. It is a requirement under the Fire Code that all businesses and Industries along with multi residential buildings have the required type and number of extinguishers in the proper locations.
For more information
Contact the Guelph Fire Prevention division at 519-763-8111.