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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher



It is important to know how to operate a fire extinguisher. By using the acronym P.A.S.S., you can easily remember how to use your fire extinguisher in the event of a fire. 

P: Pull the safety pin from the handle.
A: Aim the extinguisher nozzle or hose at the base of the fire. (not directly at the flames)
S: Squeeze the handle slowly to discharge the agent.
S: Sweep from side to side, while maintaining a safe distance from the fire.

All Amerex extinguishers are furnished with a detailed “Owners Manual” containing valuable information.

The manual contains information on the installation, use and maintenance of the extinguisher.
The extinguisher nameplate (label) contains specific information on “HOW TO USE” the particular
extinguisher. The label instructions vary slightly according to type and size. All potential operators
should be totally familiar with the instructions on any extinguisher they might be required to use.


  • Hold Fire Extinguisher upright while pulling safety pin
  • Start back 8-10 feet from fire
  • Aim at base of fire
  • Squeeze lever
  • Sweep side to side

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