Fire Extinguisher Safety

Fire extinguishers are devices that can put out or contain small fires. They only work if you know how to use them! Before even considering using a portable extinguisher, make sure you have access to a clear exit. Also, ensure that you are using the right extinguisher for the type of fire you are trying to put out.

First you should look for these symbols on the label:



Type A- Ordinary Combustibles
These include common household items such as paper, wood and cloth.
Type B- Flammable Liquids
Gasoline, cooking oils or fats, oil based paint and kerosene are just some of these.
Type C- Electrical Equipment
Wall outlets, power cords, small and large appliances, wiring and fuse boxes fall under this category.

**NOTE** Never use a "Type A" extinguisher on flammable liquids.This is likely to spread the fire and make it worse, or splash burning liquid onto you

How to Use an Extinguisher

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.
 

Keep in Mind...

  • Before you use an extinguisher to fight small fires, make sure everyone else has left the area and that firefighters have been called using 911.
  • Always have an exit route at your back. Never let the fire get between you and the way out.
  • Call the fire department to inspect the fire area, even if you are sure you have extinguished the fire.
  • Once a month, inspect your extinguisher for damage and make sure it is properly charged (see manufacturer's instructions for details).
  • If you use an extinguisher, it must be recharged by a professional. If it is a disposable unit, throw it out.


Municipal Contacts
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Mary Ellen Greb
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 225
Email: cao@swox.org
 
Clerk
Lisa VanderWallen
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 223
Email: clerk@swox.org
 
Treasurer
Diane Larder
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 224
Email: dlarder@swox.org
 
Revenue Officer
Stacy Weicker
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 222
Email: revenueofficer@swox.org
 
Chief Building Official (CBO)
Aaron Stewardson
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 229 
Email: cbo@swox.org
Building Inspector
Jason Brunt
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 233
Email: jbrunt@swox.org
 
Administrative Assistant - Building
Deb Dawson
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 228
Email: building@swox.org
 
Development Planner
Community and Strategic Planning Office,
County of Oxford

Ron Versteegen,
Phone: 519-539-9800 Ext. 3214
Email: rversteegen@oxfordcounty.ca
 
By-Law Enforcement Officer
Jason Brunt
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 233
Email: jbrunt@swox.org
 
Drainage
Jason Brunt
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 233
Email: jbrunt@swox.org
 
Treasurer
Diane Larder
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 224
Email: dlarder@swox.org
 
Revenue Officer
Stacy Weicker
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 222
Email: revenueofficer@swox.org
 
Payroll Administrator
Brooke Crane
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 226
Email: payroll@swox.org
 
Administrative Assistant
Laura Pickersgill
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 221
Email: generaladmin@swox.org
 
Fire Chief & CEMC
Jeff VanRybroeck
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 257
Email: fireChief@swox.org
 
Works Superintendent
Bill Freeman
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 260
Email: bfreeman@swox.org
 
Foreman
Larry Hughes
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 258
Email: lhughes@swox.org
 
Lead Hand
Adam Prouse
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 258
Email: aprouse@swox.org
 
Chief Administrative Officer
Mary Ellen Greb
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 225
Email: cao@swox.org
 
Clerk
Lisa VanderWallen
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 223
Email: clerk@swox.org
 

Township of South-West Oxford

Located in South Western Ontario, in the South West section of Oxford County and serves as a regional centre for industry, commerce and recreation.

The Township oversees 87,588 acres with a population of 7,544 and we have Canada’s busiest highway in our front yard! With a rich agricultural heritage, please stop by and enjoy our diverse Township. 

The Township’s mission is be "a leader in the development and delivery of municipal services for the growth and well being of our community"

Contact Us

312915 Dereham Line
Mt. Elgin, On N0J 1N0
Hours: Monday – Friday 
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 519-877-2702 / 519-485-0477
Fax: 519-485-2932

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