Fire Extinguisher Use & Safety

Fire extinguishers are located throughout BU and BMC and are available for use by trained employees, if safe to do so.

  • A fire extinguisher has a limited capability.
  • A fire extinguisher is effective on small incipient stage fires.


You must follow the R.A.C.E. fire procedure before attempting to extinguish any fire.

Rescue/Remove

Rescue or remove any persons from the immediate scene

Alert/Activate

Pull the nearest alarm and call 911, then the following numbers:
CRC: 617-353-2121
BUMC: 617-414-6666

Confine

Close all doors to the hazard or fire area

Extinguish/Evacuate

Extinguish using the closest fire extinguisher if the fire impedes your evacuation. Evacuate to your designated meeting location.


Class A: Pressurized water based extinguisher

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Use: Ordinary combustibles such as woods, papers, and plastics.

Class BC: Carbon Dioxide extinguisher

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Use: Flammable liquids (i.e. ethanol, xylene) and electrical fires.

Class ABC: Multipurpose dry chemical agent extinguisher

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Use: Ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, and electrical fires.

Class D: Sodium chloride or copper based dry powder

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Use: Combustible metals (i.e. magnesium, powdered aluminum).

Class K: Potassium bicarbonate or wet chemical fine mist

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Use: Kitchen fires, cooking oils and fats.


Using the PASS Method:

Pull:

Pull the safety pin on the extinguisher.
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Aim:

Aim the hose of the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

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Squeeze:

Squeeze the handle to discharge the material.

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Sweep:

Sweep the hose across the base of the fire from side to side.
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