Choose the right fire extinguisher for the home
The only time a fire extinguisher should be used to fight a fire is when the fire is small, self-contained, not spreading rapidly and there is a clear exit behind the person using the extinguisher, or when trying to create a safe pathway exiting the home. Read the instructions and know how to use your extinguishers before a fire may start. Keep an extinguisher in every part of your home where fire might occur-especially in the kitchen, living room and laundry room.
Remember the PASS WORD
Stand 6 to 8 feet away from the fire and follow the four-step PASS procedure recommended by National Fire Protection Association:
P - Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
A - Aim low at the base of the fire.
S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly to discharge the extinguishing agent. (When the agent first hits the fire, the fire may briefly flare up. This should be expected.)
S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire.