HOW TO OPERATE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER
There are four (4) basic steps for using modern portable fire extinguishers.
The acronym PASS is used to describe these four basic steps.
Pull pin at the top of the extinguisher, breaking the seal. When in place, the pin keeps the handle from being pressed and accidentally operating the extinguisher. Immediately test the extinguisher. (Aiming away from the operator). This is to ensure the extinguisher works and also shows the operator how far the stream travels.
Approach the fire standing at a safe distance (6 to 10 feet away). Aim the nozzle or outlet towards the base of the fire.
Squeeze the handles together to discharge the extinguishing agent inside. To stop discharge, release the handles.
Sweep the nozzle from side to side as you approach the fire, directing the extinguishing agent at the base (bottom) of the flames. After fire is extinguished, probe for smoldering hot spots that could reignite the fire.
REMEMBER NOT TO PANICK IN ANY FIRE SITUATION!