You should only use a fire extinguisher in instance of fire if the following conditions apply:
- Everyone has the left the fire area and is evacuating the building.
- Fire department has been called.
- Fire is confined to a small area.
- A clear escape route exists between you and the fire.
- There is an appropriate, working fire extinguisher available.
- You have read the extinguisher instructions and have received training in its safe operation.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the size and type of extinguisher you are using, and stay well back from the fire when using the extinguisher.
- Holding the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, remove the pin or lever release mechanism to unlock the operating lever.
- Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire. Hold the extinguisher vertically.
- Squeeze the handle fully to release the contents of the extinguisher.
- Move the nozzle from side to side in a sweeping motion at the base of the fire. Fight the fire closest to you and continue the sweeping motion until the fire is extinguished.
Important: If your extinguisher is empty or the fire grows larger, leave the building immediately and close the doors behind you. Once outside, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Do not re-enter the building until the fire department says it is safe to do so.