See It – Grab It – Use It
The fireextinguisherssavelives.org website highlights successful fire extinguisher uses in an effort to bring further awareness to fire safety. Studies have shown that after notifying the fire department, the average person can help save lives and protect property by using a fire extinguisher during an emergency.
Spokane, Washington – In Spokane, Washington, an individual witnessed a fire erupt at his neighbor’s home. The individual ran to his neighbor’s home when he heard a propane tank explode, although officials are unsure what started the fire. The neighbor used a portable fire extinguisher to contain the fire to the exterior of the home […]
Lansing, Michigan – In Lansing, Michigan, a fire broke out at an apartment complex causing residents to evacuate the building. Prior to emergency responders arriving to the scene, smoke could be seen coming out of the apartments. The battalion Chief noted that a tenant who had a portable fire extinguisher was able to extinguish the […]
Lawton, Oklahoma – In Lawton, Oklahoma, two Captains from the Fort Sill Army Base rescued a driver of a rolled over truck that caught on fire on I-44. The first Captain pulled the driver out of the vehicle while the second one used a portable fire extinguisher on the underside of the truck to extinguish […]
Saratoga Springs, New York – A recent Saratoga Springs City Council meeting abruptly ended when a battery charger caught fire at the City’s dispatch center. A dispatcher in the room acted quickly and put out the flames using a portable fire extinguisher. Unlike a fire caused by lighting striking City Hall in 2018, which led […]
Lafayette, Louisiana – In Lafayette, Louisiana, a 4-year-old girl alerted her mother to a growing fire in their laundry room. The mother instructed her to leave the house and go to their meeting place. The residents then grabbed a portable fire extinguisher and successfully put out the fire. Both adults were able to safely exit […]
Baltimore, Md. — The University of Maryland Medical Center’s Emergency Department was put on “mini-disaster” status when a patient’s room caught on fire. A hospital staffer acted quickly and used a portable fire extinguisher to put out the fire while they waited for the first responders to arrive. Access to the fire extinguisher contributed to […]
Bemidji, Minn. – Firefighters in Bemidji, Minn. used a fire extinguisher to put out an apartment fire. Officials said the fire, which appears to be accidental, caused minor damage. Adjacent apartments sustained minor smoke damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Lakeland PBS / Bemidji, Minn.
West Bend, Wis. – An employee at a senior living facility in West Bend, Wis. used a fire extinguisher to fully put out a fire that broke out in a closet. Fire sprinklers were also activated in the closet. Firefighters found charred debris in the closet, along with fire extinguisher powder. One resident was transported […]
Why Fire Extinguishers are Important
How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher
Are You Safe? Does your building require fire extinguishers throughout?
Every state has a State Fire Code with a section on fire extinguisher requirements. To get an overview of what state fire codes are based on and if states have made enhancements to fire codes visit the Interactive Fire Safety Map.