How to Use an Extinguisher
Here's a simple way to remember the steps to take when using a portable extinguisher. Start by standing around 3 metres back from the fire.
Follow the acronym"P.A.S.S."
Pull the pin. The pin is there as a safeguard and locks the handle. Pulling it out enables it for use.
Aim low. The hose or nozzle should be pointed at the base of the fire to best put it out.
Squeeze the lever above the handle. This will shoot the extinguishing substance from the hose or nozzle. Keep in mind that most small extinguishers will run out of their extinguishing agent in 10 to 25 seconds.
Sweep from side to side. As you move slowly toward the fire, keep the hose or nozzle aimed at the base of the fire. If the flames appear to be out, release the handle and watch closely. If the fire ignites again, repeat the process.