Know the use of fire extinguishers

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Most fires start small, but a fire doubles in size every 30 minutes.

While many people have fire extinguishers in their home, would you know how to use it in an emergency?

"Aim at the base of the fire. Approach the fire slowly," said Chief Fire Marshal Dave Williams. "Squeeze the handle and sweep back and forth at the base of the fire."

Emily Schafer and Barbara Fultz are getting the basics on how to use a fire extinguisher.

Barbara says it was scary when she had a kitchen fire.

Barbara says to operate a fire extinguisher, she remembers the acronym 'PASS.'

"Pull the pin out, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the handle and sweep sided to side," said Williams.

Emily advises families to keep fire extinguishers in an accessible place, away from the stove or furnace. And practice using it.

"I think I would be way less panicked now that I have done it a couple of times. Just knowing what it feels like knowing how it actually works," said Emily.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled more than 40 million Kidde brand disposable fire extinguishers last year for clogging issues.

Chief Williams says everybody should take a close look at their fire extinguisher to prevent problems in an emergency.

"If they have pressure on them, they are clean, look in the hose and make sure there is nothing blocking it," said Williams. "If you do that, keep it about on a year basis, you will be good to go."

Because fire spreads rapidly, the experts say to have someone call 911 even if you plan to use an extinguisher.

"So if in the back of your brain it is telling you this is way too big and I should run, that is the best choice," said Williams.

The chief says when fire extinguishers are not available to do their job, the results can be costly.

"It's nice to have a tool that allows you to put out a small fire, so that it doesn't grow into something larger," said Emily.

Everybody should own them. And everybody should learn how to use them," said Barbara.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan.

Every family should have a home escape plane and working smoke alarms.

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