Common Fire Extinguisher Mistakes

Common Fire Extinguisher Mistakes to Avoid



Not Knowing How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

It’s important to know how to use a fire extinguisher before you need to use it. Familiarize yourself with the instructions on the extinguisher and practice using it so that you’ll be prepared in case of an emergency.

Using the Wrong Type of Extinguisher

There are different types of fire extinguishers for different types of fires (e.g. Class A, B, C, D, and K). Using the wrong type of extinguisher could make the fire worse or even cause an explosion. Make sure you know which type of extinguisher is appropriate for the type of fire you’re dealing with.

Not Aiming at the Base of the Fire

When using a fire extinguisher, aim at the base of the fire rather than the flames themselves. This will help to extinguish the fire more effectively.

Not Using Enough Extinguishing Agent

It’s important to use enough extinguishing agent to put out the fire. Don’t stop using the extinguisher until the fire is completely out.

Not Calling the Fire Department

Even if you think you’ve put out the fire, it’s important to call the fire department to make sure the fire is completely extinguished and to prevent it from reigniting.


By avoiding these common mistakes, you can use a fire extinguisher safely and effectively in case of an emergency. Remember to always prioritize your safety and the safety of those around you.

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