Fire Extinguishers

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Fire Extinguishers

 A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but, portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Use a portable fire extinguisher:

  • When the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing
  • Everyone has exited the building
  • The fire department has been called or is being called
  • The room is not filled with smoke.

Here is an easy acronym for fire extinguisher use.

P.A.S.S. —
Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep
  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that keeps the handle from being accidentally pressed.
  • Aim the nozzle toward the base of the fire.
  • Stand approximately 8 feet away from the fire and Squeeze the handle to discharge the extinguisher. If you release the handle, the discharge will stop.
  • Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire. After the fire appears to be out, watch it carefully since it may re-ignite!

Congratulations — you did it!!!
Remember, to correctly use your extinguisher use P.A.S.S.

Watch the video to see how to use a fire extinguisher.

Need help with disposal of a fire extinguisher?

The Northwest Fire District does not recharge fire extinguishers nor do we accept them for disposal. Please click the link to access the City of Tucson Household Hazardous Waste website for disposal instructions, or you can reach them at (520) 791-3171.