Fire Safety

Fire Extinguishers

Fire Safety

Fire equals a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame. Fire requires fuel, heat and oxygen to burn. Fire extinguishers apply an agent that will cool burning heat, smother fuel or remove oxygen so the fire cannot continue to burn. A portable fire extinguisher can quickly control a small fire if applied by an individual properly trained.

Fire extinguishers are located throughout every building on campus. To properly use an extinguisher, you must first be familiar with the type of fire each extinguisher is rated for and how it operates.

Fire Classifications

Class A - Fires involving the ordinary combustible materials such as wood, cloth, paper, plastics etc.

Class B - Fires involving combustible or flammable liquids such as gasoline, kerosene and oils.

Class C - Fires involving energized electrical equipment such as appliances of all kinds, motors, computers etc.

Class D - Fires involving combustible metals such as sodium, lithium, titanium, magnesium.

Which Extinguisher Do I use?


How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher

The easiest way to remember how to use a portable fire extinguisher is to use the acronym: PASS

PASS method


All fires regardless of size and damage must be reported to University Police by dialing 911.  Even though it appears to be extinguished, a Fire Marshal still needs to respond to verify it's out as well as accomplish a report.