What is the PASS system?

PASS is an easy way to remember the basic steps for using a fire extinguisher. It stands for:

  • Pull the pin or lever
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames while holding the extinguisher vertically
  • Squeeze the handle to discharge agent
  • Sweep rapidly side-to-side at least six inches past the edges of the flames

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1. How do I schedule a fire station tour?
2. Why do I see fire trucks from other communities at in South Milwaukee?
3. Why do I often see two ambulances together at one call?
4. What about Carbon Monoxide Detectors?
5. Are you up to date with your home fire protection?
6. What are the different classes of fire extinguishers and why is it important to choose the right model?
7. How many fire extinguishers should you have in your home, car and office and where should you keep them?
8. What maintenance should you practice with fire extinguishers, and how often should you inspect them?
9. What should you consider before using a fire extinguisher?
10. What is the PASS system?