Fire Extinguishers

A small portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property. At least one portable fire extinguisher should be kept in an accessible location on each level of your home. Your fire extinguishers should be inspected monthly and shaken once a year to stir up the powder inside. In-home fire extinguishers should be replaced after twelve years.

You can find fire extinguishers for sale at most home improvement stores. West Vancouver Fire Station No. 1 has fire extinguishers available for sale at 760 16th Street. 

Selecting, installing and handling a fire extinguisher:

  • Select a four to seven pound, ABC or multipurpose extinguisher
  • Ensure it is easy to handle but large enough to put out a small fire
  • Understand how to use your extinguisher by reading the instructions carefully
  • Install fire extinguishers so they are visible, easily accessible and close to exits
  • Keep your back to an exit when using the extinguisher—you must have a clear and accessible escape route should you not be able to control the fire
  • Develop a fire escape plan. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately

To operate fire extinguishers remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Point the nozzle away from you and release the locking mechanism
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side

It is important to recognize that these devices also have limitations and should only be used for small contained fires. 


West Vancouver Fire & Rescue



Report a fire

Call 911 immediately to report a fire.

Indicate where the fire is located, provide a description of what is on fire, who is trapped or in danger, how the fire started and any additional details: odour, smoke, flames. 

Fire Extinguisher Recycling

If you have a portable fire extinguisher that is empty and needs to be recycled, please take it to a local fire extinguisher supply/servicing company.

They will recycle the extinguisher's parts for a small fee.

Note: Please do not take empty extinguishers to your local fire hall. They are not able to recycle extinguishers.