Fire Safety and Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguisher putting out a fire.

The safety of our staff and students is our primary goal. Regulated by Fire Safety Regulation No. 408-1. To assist in this endeavor, the Office of Risk Management & Security Services will provide fire extinguisher training for employees. To schedule a training class contact this office. A review of some of the materials that will be reviewed in the training are below.

When to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Only attempt to use an extinguisher if all of the following apply:

  • The building is being evacuated;
  • 911 has been called;
  • Fire is small and contained;
  • Exit is clear and you can fight with your back to the exit;
  • A proper extinguisher is available;
  • You have been trained and are confident in using an extinguisher; and
  • You can stay low and avoid breathing smoke.

Fire extinguishers are not designed or intended to extinguish large fires, but if used properly, can control or extinguish a small fire. A small fire is defined as one that could occur in a standard office trash can. When a fire or suspected fire, i.e., smoke, is discovered, the first reaction should be to activate the fire alarm, call 911, and evacuate the building according to the evacuation plan. Fire extinguishers are provided in all school buildings and can be used provided the person is properly trained to use the extinguisher.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Remember the PASS word.

  • Pull the pin - Place your hand on the top of the cylinder and pull the pin. This will unlock the handle and allow you to activate the unit.
  • Aim - Point the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze - the handle (lever) releasing the fire fighting agent.
  • Sweep - the nozzle from side to side over the fire. Keep the nozzle/hose directed at the base of the flame. Empty the fire extinguisher onto the fire.