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Fire extinguishers are the first line on defense in case of a fire.  A quick and proper response to a small fire could mean the difference between slight or major property damage -- and even life or death.



After - and ONLY after - you have been trained in the proper use of a fire extinguisher AND you have selected the correct extinguisher for the class of fire, you can follow the NFPA's four-step PASS procedure to attempt to extinguish the fire. 

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The University's FIR(E2) procedures must be initiated prior to ANY attempt to extinguish the fire.


PASS Procedures


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Pull the PinThis unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the extinguisher.




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Aim LowPoint the extinguisher nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.




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Squeeze the Handle:  This discharges the extinguishing agent.  Releasing the lever will stop the discharge.




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Sweep from Side to Side:  Moving carefully towards the fire, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth until the flames appear to be out.  Watch the fire area, it it reignites repeat the process.
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