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Fire Extinguishers/Control/Confinement

This is primarily the responsibility of the MARKHAM FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES. The production of toxic vapours in buildings makes fire fighting potentially dangerous, particularly if a large amount of smoke is being generated.

Only after ensuring everyone has evacuated the area, the alarm has been activated and the MARKHAM FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES notified, should an experienced person (familiar with fire extinguisher operation) attempt to extinguish a small fire. This is a voluntary act. Never attempt to fight a fire alone. If it cannot be easily extinguished with the use of a portable fire extinguisher, leave the area and confine the fire by closing the door. Leave the building and await the arrival of the MARKHAM FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES.

Suggested Operation of Portable Fire Extinguishers

Remember the acronym (PASS):

  • P – Pull the safety pin
  • A – Aim the nozzle
  • S – Squeeze the trigger handle
  • S – Sweep from side to side (watch for fire restarting)

When the fire is extinguished, back away from the fire and watch for a restart, do not turn your back on an extinguished fire.

fire extinguisher operation

  • Never re-hang extinguishers after use.
  • Ensure they are properly recharged by a person that is qualified to service portable fire extinguishers.
  • Keep extinguishers in a visible area and unobstructed at all times.