Fire Extinguishers 101

Using a fire extinguisher

  • If you see a fire or smell smoke, pull the fire alarm. Call 911 and 250.740.6600.
  • Only attempt to use a fire extinguisher on small fires. A typical extinguisher contains 10 seconds of extinguishing power. If the fire is getting bigger, get out and call 911.
  • Always stay between the fire and your nearest exit. Never let a fire get between you and your escape route. They should always be mounted near an exit.
  • Always use the proper extinguisher. Using the wrong type can cause a fire to spread more quickly.
  • Know where your extinguishers are kept BEFORE a fire starts.
  • If in doubt, do not attempt to use an extinguisher. Evacuate.

Types of extinguishers

VIU emergency extinguisher

PASS Technique for extinguishing fires:

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