MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Fire experts say every home should have at least two fire extinguishers -one in the kitchen and one in the garage- but using it can be a challenge when you have seconds to react.READ MORE: Scott Carr Selected As FIU’s New Athletic Director
If there is a small fire in your house, a fire extinguisher can be a lifesaver.
If you don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher, just remember the word ‘PASS’ which means pull, aim, squeeze and sweep.
Do not plunge that fire extinguisher too deep. It causes the flames to shoot even higher out the back.
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What you should do is aim right at the base of the fire and never turn your back to the blaze.
Also, make sure you know exactly where you keep your fire extinguisher and act quickly.
Those two things are key.
Your extinguisher needs to be fully charged, meaning the arrow showing the levels need to be in the green.
Only try to put out small fires. If the fire gets too big then just get out.MORE NEWS: CBS4 Investigates: Hollywood Condo Building May Not Have Power Restored For Weeks
Experts say if you have a fire in your home and put it out with a fire extinguisher, you should still call the fire department to have them come out and make sure the fire is totally out.