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Using Portable Fire Extinguishers Safely
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is sharing daily fire safety tips throughout October to help make homes and families safer. Now is a good time to review important fire safety tips with your family, including how to properly use portable fire extinguishers.
The USFA recommends that only people trained to use and maintain a fire extinguisher should consider using them! Contact your local fire department for training in your area.
The type of fire extinguisher you use should match the type of fire. For example, an electrical fire would require a different extinguishing agent than a grease fire. Most extinguishers display symbols to show the kind of fire on which they can be used.
If you do not think you would be able to safely put the fire out in five seconds using an extinguisher, do not attempt to use it! Leave the area and call 911.
Should you need to use a fire extinguisher, follow the PASS method:
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