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Fire Extinguishers/Control/Confinement

This is primarily the responsibility of the Toronto Fire Services. The production of toxic vapours in buildings makes firefighting 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 Toronto Fire Services have been 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 Toronto Fire 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.