How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Read by: RICK N9GRW
There is a high chance of your encountering an out-of-control fire at least once in your life, so knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is an important skill to be able to resort to. This article explains the process of using a fire extinguisher in an emergency.
- Call for help before attempting to extinguish a serious fire. The fire may take hold much faster than you’re capable of dealing with it, and if help is on the way, it removes one less concern for you.
- Call, or have someone else call, 911 in North America, 999 in the United Kingdom, 112 in the European Union and many other countries (or the appropriate emergency number for your country) as soon as possible. Ask for the fire service to come immediately, giving your address and a brief description of the type of fire.
- Check that all other people are out of the house and have them remove pets as well. Check that they’re all assembled at a safe meeting point. Do not allow children to attempt to use a fire extinguisher or control a fire in any respect whatsoever.
- Realize that reacting to a fire requires a sound process of decision-making that children and some adults may not be capable of coping with their panic. Prior training on correct use can alleviate some of the concern here.