Extinguishing a fire the right way!

The extinguishing techniques below describe the right way to use extinguishers in a fire. The information provided here applies irrespective of the efficiency of the extinguisher or the size of the fire.




Attack a fire in the direction of the wind.

Wind direction correct
Wind direction incorrect

Extinguish liquid fires and fires caused by dripping substances from the top down.

Liquid fires correct
Liquid fires incorrect

Extinguish wall fires from the bottom up.

Wall fire correct
Wall fire incorrect

Use several fire extinguishers at once, not one after another.

Extinguisher correct
Extinguisher incorrect

Take account of any back draft.

Pullback correct
Pullback incorrect

Replace fire extinguishing spray after use.

You should only fight developing fires yourself. Greater damage can be prevented above all during the initial stages of a fire by using extinguishing agents in a targeted manner. A bin catching fire, a burning candle, a burning advent wreath, a burning cigarette that falls on the sofa when you are careless: All of these situations can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation.

ABUS extinguishing spray

Fight incipient fires quickly, effectively and safely with the ABUS fire extinguisher spray

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