FireSMART Extinguisher Education

Be prepared for a fire by teaching fire extinguisher basics.

Fire Extinguisher Instructions

Remember the word PASS when a fire extinguisher is needed:

  • P – Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
  • A – Aim low and point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • S – Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Fire Extinguisher Types and Uses


For Use With…

Often Found In…


Ordinary materials like cloth, wood, and paper

Homes and businesses


Combustible and flammable liquids: grease, gasoline, oil, oil-based paints

Homes and businesses


Electrical equipment: appliances, tools, other equipment that is plugged in

Homes and businesses


Flammable metals



Vegetable oils, animal fats, and fats in cooking appliances

Commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses)


Check manufacturer’s instructions for regular testing and expiration.