How to use Water 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. Quickly check that there is no live electrical equipment in the area.
  3. Ensure you remain a safe distance from the fire and remove the safety pin (Fig. 3) this will break the tamper seal.
  4. Where to aim the fire extinguisher hose:
    • Fires spreading horizontally: Aim the hose at the base of the fire, moving the jet across the area of the fire.
    • Fire spreading vertically: Aim the hose at the base of the fire, slowly moving the jet upwards following the direction of the fire.
  5. Squeeze the lever slowly to begin discharging the extinguisher, as the fire starts to diminish carefully move closer to it.
  6. Ensure all the fire has been extinguished, try to focus on any hot spots that may re-ignite.