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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher Properly: SERVPRO's Tips

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville is a leader in fire and water damage restoration? We are proud to offer our customers the best services possible, including helping them learn how to use a fire extinguisher properly. A lot of people don't know how to operate a fire extinguisher, which can lead to disaster if there is ever house fire. That's why we've put together this blog post - to teach you everything you need to know about using a fire extinguisher safely and effectively. Keep reading for more information!

When using a fire extinguisher, always aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Never aim the extinguisher at the flames themselves, as this will only make the fire worse.

  • Pour the extinguishing agent directly onto the fire. Do not try to spray it from a distance.
  • Move backward while you are extinguishing the fire. Do not walk towards the fire in order to put it out.
  • If the fire does not seem to be going out, stop using the fire extinguisher and evacuate the building immediately. Do not try to fight a fire that is too large or too dangerous.

Fire extinguishers should be kept in a place where they are easily accessible in the event of a fire. They should not be kept in cabinets or closets, as this can delay their use in an emergency. Instead, keep them in a place where they can be easily seen and reached.

It is important to have fire extinguishers in all rooms of the house, not just the kitchen. Place fire extinguishers in the following rooms:


-Living Room




If you have a large home, you may want to place fire extinguishers on each floor. Make sure that everyone in the household knows where the fire extinguishers are located, and practice using them so that everyone is familiar with how they work.

If you ever experience a house fire, be sure to contact SERVPRO immediately. We are available 24/7 by phone, (615) 868-5324 and can help you get your home back to normal quickly and efficiently.

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