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To operate a fire extinguisher properly:
Pull — The first step is to pull the pin (it usually has the inspection tag attached to it) that prevents the handle from being squeezed.
Aim — The second step is to aim the spray nozzle, or if attached the hose nozzle, at the fire. Aim low at the base of the fire.
Squeeze — The third step is to squeeze the handle to spray the contents. Remember a standard fire extinguisher has less than 30 seconds of spray time.
Sweep — The final step is to sweep back and forth as you spray the base of the fire.
National Fire Protection Association
Make a Family Disaster Plan (FEMA)
Be Informed: Home Fires (FEMA)
California Emergency Management Agency