Fire Extinguisher Use

Remember PASS when using a fire extinguisher.

Pull the Pin at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.

Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is important - in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.

Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.

Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out.

Tips:  Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish. Be sure to read the instructions on your fire extinguisher - different fire extinguishers recommend operating them from different distances.

Contact the Fire Department with questions at 815-748-8460.

Contact Us

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    Eric Hicks
    Fire Chief

    DeKalb Fire Department

    700 Pine Street
    DeKalb, IL 60115

    Phone:
    815-748-8460