How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Well, now that you know about the different categories and already have one, do you know how to use a fire extinguisher properly? If not, let us show you this easy method.

how to use a fire extinguisher
Rule of Thumb

Just remember to PASS!

Here’s how:

PULL – Pull the pin and break the tamper seal.

AIM – Point the extinguisher’s hose or nozzle low, at the base of the flames. Pointing at the top of the flames or elsewhere won’t be as effective.

SQUEEZE – Release the extinguishing agency by squeezing the handle.

SWEEP – Sweep from side to side until the flames are extinguished. 

Continue Aiming, Squeezing, and Sweeping for as long as the fire is burning and your fire extinguisher has the materials. 

That’s right! PASS as long as the fire is burning! PASS all day if that’s what it takes.

About the Authors

It takes a village! We are researching, writing and fact checking as a family. Collaboration is the name of the game, whether we’re running from a zombie horde or finding the best way to turn a complex concept into a deliciously digestible set of bullet points.

Katherine Esperanza is a Los Angeles based writer. When she's not conjuring new queer slice-of-life short stories, she's busy watching the newest films, out at queer shows, supporting queer artists, or just checking out the queer community as a whole.

A former international non-profiteer, small business owner, and co-op'er, Katherine is delighted to help introduce more leftist politics into the disaster preparedness/prepper sphere, which is currently far too right-wing.