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A Safety Message on Home Fire Extinguishers from the Elmont Fire Department

A Safety Message on Home Fire Extinguishers from the Elmont Fire Department


Fire extinguishers can save lives, and also property, when used in the right way and at the right time. Fire extinguishers are a necessity for every home and car. Yet, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that fire spreads quickly and fire extinguishers may not be able to help with large fires. The number one priority for all residents should be to get out.


Most home extinguishers sold today contain a dry chemical powder propelled by pressurized gas.  Extinguishers are sized by the weight of the powder they contain: a ten pound has ample powder for most needs and is easy for use even by children or the elderly making this the best choice for home use.  A five pound extinguisher has less extinguishing agent but is perfect for an automobile.


Also, remember to inspect the extinguishers from time to time. Disposable units last about 12 years before they lose pressure. Rechargeable units can be re-used but check the pressure gauge or other pressure indicator to ensure the gas pressure is sufficient. If it is insufficient, have it charged.  Keep in mind, that when an extinguisher has been fired, it must be recharged, even if it has only been partially used.    

Additional Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
  •  To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
  -Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle
    pointing away from you, and release the locking
  - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
  •  Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
  • Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

If there is any type of fire that threatens your personal safety or endangers property, call the Elmont Fire Department at 516-742-3300.