The use of a fire extinguisher in the hands of a trained adult can be a life and property saving tool. However, a majority of adults have not had fire extinguisher training and may not know how and when to use them. Fire extinguisher use requires a sound decision making process and training on their proper use and maintenance.
Consider the following three questions before using a fire extinguisher to control a fire:
- What type of fire extinguisher is needed?
- Is the fire at a point where it might still be controlled by a fire extinguisher?
- Am I physically capable of using the extinguisher?
Sound Decision Making, Training, and Maintenance are all required to safely control a fire with an extinguisher.