Fire extinguishers provide people with a first line of defense in extinguishing small fires. Research shows that 80% of all fires in commercial premises are successfully extinguished in the early stages by the public. 90% of these fires were extinguished using a fire extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers should only be used when it is safe to do so, e.g. the fire is no large than a waste paper basket or pot on a stove. Always ensure a safe path of escape is available and call Fire and Emergency on 111
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