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How & When to use a fire extinguisher

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Red Los Angeles County Fire Department Logo Here in Hacienda Heights/Rowland Heights area we rely on the LACFD in assisting homes and business with any Fire Loss needs.

The following are ten important rules to remember about how and when to use a fire extinguisher. 

  • Most fires start small. If the fire is contained to a single object, such as a trash can, you may want to try using a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. 
  • You should only consider using a fire extinguisher if all members of your home have been alerted to the fire and the fire department has been called.  
  • When purchasing a fire extinguisher, look for one that is tested by an independent testing laboratory. Also, look for one labeled A-B-C as it can be used on most fires that would occur in your home. 
  • Make sure you are physically able to handle a fire extinguisher.
  • Know how to operate the extinguisher quickly. You will not have time to read instructions during an emergency.
  • Keep your fire extinguisher in an easily accessible area. 
  • Remember the word P.A.S.S.

               Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep

  • If your means of escape becomes compromised at any time while using an extinguisher, get out of the house as fast as possible and wait for the fire department.
  • If you have any doubt about whether or not to fight a fire with an extinguisher, DON'T! 

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