Fire Extinguishers

Safety is the No. 1 priority during a fire. Flames and smoke can spread very quickly, sending a small fire out of control in seconds.

Fire Extinguisher

While portable fire extinguishers can be of use during a small, contained fire that is caught in its initial stages, they do have limitations.

If using a portable fire extinguisher, remember the following safety tips:
Courtesy of the National Fire Protection Agency.

Only use a portable fire extinguisher when:

  • The fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket or stove pan.
  • It 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.

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side at the base of the fire.

Select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not too heavy.

Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.

Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out.

Install fire extinguishers close to an exit.

Keep your back to a clear exit when using an extinguisher so you can make an easy escape.

If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.

Know when to go. Have a home fire escape planand working smoke alarms.

Edina Fire Department

Station No. 1
6250 Tracy Ave.
Edina, MN 55436

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