Guide for preppers on how to use a fire extinguisher

------------------------------------------------- Revised 2/1/21
(C) Copyright  2012-2021 by All rights reserved. The site happily targets concerned
citizens who are self-reliant survivalists, preppers and homesteaders with original content on survival following
societal collapse. You may link to our site, but you may not reproduce any part of our content, or store our
content in any retrieval system to represent it as your own. Further, you may not transmit content in any other
form or by any means, including (but not limited to) electronic, photocopy, mechanical, or recording without
written consent. makes no warranties. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising
program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to,, or

Thanks for visiting!

guide for preppers on how to use a fire extinguisher has been archived by This article
has been captured as many as 14 times between March 15, 2017 and Sept 12, 2019. This helps protect our

Do NOT copy. Linking is okay.

privacy policy
Fire extinguisher for the car
Tundra fire extinguisher
Kidde Fire Escape ladder
Fire safety for preppers fire ladder by Kidde
List food supplies for emergencies
Best groceries to buy on Amazon
Top ranking prepper Web site - prepping and survivalism
Prepper's Guide to the Food Saver
ABC fire extinguisher with C Rating Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher
Sign: how to use a fire extinguisher
Car fire extinguisher
Prepper's guide for how to use a fire extinguisher
Mulitpurpose ABC fire extinguisher
Prepper Deal Alerts Check
daily deals for prepping
gear and food storage.
Be prepared in case of fire
Kikar Fire mask
fire blanket
Waste can for oily rags
Deluxe burn kit
Fire extinguisher record tag
Prepper Toilets
Sealed Foods to last a lifetime
Ten nuke supplies to own ~ supplies necessary to survive nuclear fallout
Water storage Options
Are water pouches worth the expense?
Off grid showers
Survival Tarps and how to use them
Survival Hygiene Kits

In under ten seconds you could have the fire out before it gets out of
control if you know how to handle a fire extinguisher.

Do you know how to check a fire extinguisher?
Here are some tips:

  • Make sure you can see your fire extinguisher. It should be
    in a place unobstructed, and everyone in your family or group
    should know its designated location.

  • Inspect your fire extinguisher for any physical damage:
  • See that the locking pin is intact.
  • Check the tamper seal to make sure it's not broken
  • Lift the extinguisher to see that it's full.
  • Look for corrosion, leakage, or a clogged nozzle.
    Replace your fire extinguisher if you see any physical

  • Take a close look at the pressure gauge. Is it in the
    operable range or position?

  • See that it's ready to go. Make sure the instructions for
    operating your fire extinguisher are legible and facing
    outward. When you're done, initial and date the back of the
    tag so you can remember that you've inspected it.

Preventing a fire is much easier than putting one out.
Remember, it takes only three things to get a fire going: oxygen,
fuel and an ignition source. Here are some tips for preventing a
fire in and around your home:

  • Oily rags are a danger from spontaneous combustion!
    Keep them in airtight containers, away from source of heat.
    If you have workers on your property, ensure they
    understand this and give them a place to dispose of their
    oily rags.

  • Clean the dryer lint. Buildup in the lint dryer and exhaust
    duct are a danger. Lint is like tinder (in fact it's great to
    store lint in a plastic bag for your firestarting needs) and all
    it takes is an overheated dryer for a fire to start if you have
    build up. Ensure you remove lint after every load.

  • Keep your cooking surfaces grease free and tidy. Wipe
    your stove and keep plastic utensils, and pot holders away
    from these hot surfaces.  Of course, never leave the stove
    unattended while cooking. Set the timer while it's in use to
    help you remember!

  • Sweep the chimney. Clean your chimney annually of soot
    (burning oil or gas); or of creosote (tar from wood burning).
    Chimney fires are explosive with dramatic outcomes if not
    cared for properly. Learn the danger of chimney fires.

  • Watch candles and space heaters. Keep candles away from
    curtains; place them always on a sturdy and non-flammable
    surface and away from flammable objects; and never leave a
    candle unattended, lest you forget. If you light it, stay in the
    room. Situate space heaters away from bedding, clothing,
    and furniture. Be sure to turn them off when you leave.

  • Prevent electrical fires. Don't overload outlets; be sure to
    use proper wattage in lamp bulbs; and replace frayed or
    damaged cords.

Preventing a fire is much easier than putting one out. Learn more
fire suppression tools for preppers.

Happy endings...
Most preppers are not confident about using a fire extinguisher
and yet it's one of the most important skills to protect your
family and your home. Know how to use a fire extinguisher and
have plenty on hand!

Related prepping articles...

More prepping and survival articles you may like...

Prepare to live happily ever after with us at - the emergency
preparedness Web site of prepping, survival,
homesteading, and self-reliance.
The video above demonstrates a fire extinguishing ball. Imagine how handy
it would be when there is no fire department.

Here are some of the many types of fire extinguishers:

  • Multipurpose ABC fire extinguisher. Safe for use on Class A
    (ordinary combustibles), Class B (Flammable liquid) spills,
    Class C (energized electrical fires). It's suitable for common
    industrial use office, schools, hotels, metal handles, levers
    and valve, fully rechargeable, high quality gauge for easy
    pressure check, 6 year limited warranty, low hazards.

  • Fire extinguishing ball. This extinguisher, pictured above is
    ABC rated and similar to the fire extinguishing ball in the

  • Car fire extinguisher. The car fire extinguisher, pictured at
    the bottom of the page attaches nicely for easy retrieval
    when you you need it most.

How do you use a fire extinguisher?
So let's get to it... Don't know how to use a fire extinguisher?
The video below can help you understand PASS.

After you
Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle and Squeeze the handle,
Sweep the fire from side to side. Then, as the fire
diminishes, aim at the base of the flame.

How to use a fire extinguisher:
Fire extinguishers
Guide for preppers on how to use a fire extinguisher

If a fire breaks out on your property, will you know what to do?
Most people (preppers included) are not confident in using a fire
extinguisher. Take time now to hone this important skill.

Know how to use a fire extinguisher and have plenty on hand...

Fire Extinguishers for Preppers
Here are some basics about fire extinguishers to remember:

  • Preppers should inspect their fire extinguishers every 6-10
    years to see if they're still good.

  • Have fire extinguishers handy in the kitchen, but never near
    the stove, since if the fire breaks out there you won't be able
    to reach it.

  • Check the size of the fire before attempting to extinguish it.
    If it's bigger than you, then it's too big a job for the fire
    extinguisher to handle.

  • Don't assume the fire is out if you use the extinguisher. It
    may re-kindle much later, even in the middle of the night.

What are the best fire extinguishers for preppers to own?
The best fire extinguishers are multipurpose ABC:
  • Class A is for ordinary paper, fabric plastic, rubber and wood
  • Class B is for liquids -  gasoline, grease, oil, paints and
    cleaning solvents (petroleum based products)
  • Class C is for electrical equipment.

Be sure to have the ABC combination fire extinguishers on hand
or have the specific fire extinguisher where you need it.

Here's a crazy cool fire extinguisher for preppers:
Elide Fireball
Five Military Survival Skills for preppers
Meals Ready to Eat
Review of popular ration bars
How to use an empty mountain house pouch to survive
Pemmican as a prepper survival food
IOSAT nuke pills
gab social media profile for happypreppers