How To Respond To A Fire In Your Home

SVFD Asst. Chief

There are times while writing these articles that I feel like I am repeating the same old things.  However, fire prevention should always be in the front of everyone’s mind.  The basics should always be repeated and practiced.  If there is a fire, we should have some planning in place to respond.

How will we respond if there is a fire in our home?  Getting everyone out of the house safely is the number one priority.  Secondly, it is a good idea to have portable fire extinguishers located throughout the house.

Portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out a small fire, or containing it until the fire department arrives.  The following is information with regards to portable fire extinguishers in the home:

  • Two of the most important places to have fire extinguishers are the garage and kitchen. These are areas where fires typically occur.  However, it is recommended to have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home.
  • Only use extinguishers when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket. Make sure everyone has exited, the fire is not growing, and the room is not filled with smoke.
  • To operate an extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the Pin
    • Aim Low (point the extinguisher at the

base of the fire)

  • Squeeze the level slowly and evenly
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
  • Read the instructions and become familiar with the parts and operation of the fire extinguisher.
  • If you are going to use a fire extinguisher, ensure that you have an exit behind you to escape.
  • Once you have discharged the extinguisher, exit the house immediately.

Again, getting out safely is the most important thing when a fire occurs.  Secondly, if you are going to have a fire extinguisher, know how to use it and know its limitations.  If you have further questions on fire extinguishers, you can contact the SVFD at

The Shinnston Fire Department thanks you for your support.

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