How to use ABC Powder Fire Extinguishers

  1. Before attempting to fight a fire with a fire extinguisher it is important to check that it is fully charged (Fig. 1) and that the safety pin is not bent (Fig. 2)
  2. Ensure you remain a safe distance from the fire and remove the safety pin (Fig.3) this will break the tamper seal
  3. Aiming the extinguisher:
    • Solid Materials:Aim the hose at the base of the flames, moving across the area of the fire
    • Spilled liquids: Aim the hose at the near edge of the fire and with a rapid sweeping motion, drive the fire towards the far edge until all the flames have been extinguished
    • Flowing liquid: Direct the hose at the base of the flames and sweep upwards until all the flames have been extinguished
    • Electrical equipment: Switch off the power (if safe to do so) and then direct the hose straight at the fire
  4. Squeeze the lever slowly to begin discharging the extinguisher, as the fire starts to diminish carefully move closer to it
  5. Ensure all the fire has been extinguished, re-ignition can be possible when a powder fire extinguisher has been used