of average individuals can properly use a fire extinguisher

the average untrained person can use a fire extinguisher safely and effectively to help save lives and protect property


of the time fire extinguishers effectively extinguish fires


of individuals studied used a fire extinguisher safely

371,000 residential fires are extinguished by fire extinguishers yearly

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Schertz, TX – When a fire broke out at a Schertz, Texas apartment building, a nearby police officer rushed in to help. Using a portable fire extinguisher, he was able to quickly get the fire under control and make sure everyone living in the apartment was safely evacuated. Thanks to his response, damage to the apartment was limited and no one was injured.

KTSA – San Antonio, TX


Miles City, MT – A staff member at a Miles City, Montana elementary school is being praised for a quick response when a fire broke out in the cafeteria’s kitchen. As fire crews arrived, they found light smoke emanating from the school and the successful evacuation of students taking place. Upon entering, firefighters found that a staff member had completely stopped the fire with a portable fire extinguisher. Fire officials thanked the staff member for the quick response, which prevented serious damage to the building and allowed the students to return to class later that day.


NonStopLocal – Miles City, MT


Philomath, OR – An Oregon man is being credited for his quick thinking after his camper caught fire while driving on the highway. When he noticed smoke emanating from the camper, the man pulled over, called 911, and then used a portable fire extinguisher to knock down the flames. He was then able to safely unhitch his vehicle and move it away from the camper. When firefighters arrived on scene, they made sure the fire was fully out. Fire officials noted that the man’s actions prevented serious damage and a potentially dangerous situation.


Philomath News – Philomath, OR


Lorain, OH – When a kitchen fire broke out at an apartment complex in Lorain, Ohio, a neighbor’s quick actions prevented a potential disaster. After hearing screams for help coming from a neighboring apartment, the man took a fire extinguisher from the hallway and used it to knock out the flames. By the time firefighters arrived, the blaze was fully extinguished. Following the incident, officials commended the man for his bravery, noting that his actions prevented substantial damage to the apartment complex and potentially saved lives.


The Morning Journal – Lorain, OH


High Springs, FL – In High Springs, FL, a family awoke to smoke and flames when a candle that had been left burning started a fire in one of their bedrooms. Fortunately, the homeowner had kept a fire extinguisher in the home and safely used it to knock out the fire before firefighters arrived on scene, preventing significant damage to the home. Upon arriving, firefighters found that the fire was contained to the bedroom and completely extinguished.


Alachua Chronicle – High Springs, FL


Williamsburg, VA – A motorist in Williamsburg, VA is being hailed as a hero for assisting a trapped truck driver after his fuel transport truck crashed and caught fire. As flames began to spread to the truck’s cab near the driver, the bystander quickly identified the fire extinguisher on board and used it to stop the flames before they could reach the driver. After the fire was out, she tended to the driver until first responders arrived on scene and transported him to a nearby hospital. Thanks to the bystander’s quick action, the driver is expected to make a full recovery.

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily – Williamsburg, VA


La Grange Park, IL – In La Grange Park, IL, firefighters responded after an automatic fire alarm was triggered at a 27-unit apartment complex. Upon entering the complex, they found that a kitchen fire had been put out by a resident using a portable fire extinguisher. Thanks to the resident’s response, damage was limited to the kitchen, and no one was injured. After the incident, fire officials highlighted the importance of fire safety, encouraging everyone to keep a portable fire extinguisher and check smoke detectors regularly.

Chicago Tribune – La Grange Park, IL


Cortland, NY – When a fire broke out in the kitchen of a Cortland, NY home, tenants quickly jumped into action to avoid disaster. Following a 911 call, Cortland firefighters responded to the home to find smoke coming from the second floor. By the time they entered the home, a tenant had already used a portable fire extinguisher to put out the fire and began ventilating the room. After the incident, Cortland fire officials noted that thanks to the tenant’s actions, the home suffered no structural damage.

WXHC – Homer,NY


Monroe, LA – Two elementary school teachers in Baskin, LA are being praised for their courageous actions when they found an A/C unit on fire in the teacher’s lounge. As the flames began to spread to the nearby curtains, one teacher located a fire extinguisher while the other pulled the fire alarm to trigger an evacuation. Although she had never used a fire extinguisher before, the teacher used it safely and effectively to knock out the fire in a matter of seconds. Fire officials praised the teachers for their heroic actions, noting that their actions likely saved lives and prevented devastating damage to the school.

KNOE – Monroe, LA


Zumbrotra, MN – In Zumbrota, MN, a police officer’s swift response to a fire prevented serious damage. When a bystander called to report a fire, the sergeant arrived to find the exterior of a home ablaze. After confirming that the home had been safely evacuated, the sergeant used a portable fire extinguisher to put out the flames. When fire officials arrived on scene, they confirmed that damage was limited to the exterior of the home. Thanks to the officer’s timely response, the residents returned home shortly after the incident.


KIMT3 – Rochester, MN


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