Self-Defense: Using Fire Extinguishers

Self-Defense: Using Fire Extinguishers

( – Fire extinguishers come with several advantages. Obviously, they have a specific purpose, but one key to survival is learning multiple uses for one object. The fire extinguisher is no exception. You can see in the video below just how difficult it can be to continue an attack after someone uses one of these to defend themselves.


Whether putting out a fire or using a fire extinguisher for self-defense, “P.A.S.S” (Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep) is the key to success.

Pull the pin to allow use of the extinguisher. Take aim by pointing the nozzle at the floor, then squeeze the trigger and “sweep” by moving the extinguisher back and forth. You may be tempted to aim higher, but this also means when the chemicals blow back at you, they’ll be blowing back at your eyes. In an emergency situation, the key is also to get yourself to safety, so a quick exit may be in order.


One of the advantages of using a fire extinguisher is that it’s perfectly legal to have one on hand, unlike many actual weapons. They’re also commonly found in public places and can deter more than one target at a time. If need be, they also have some weight to them and can be useful as a bludgeoning tool.

Most people wouldn’t think to use a fire extinguisher in such a way. Preppers tend to think outside the box, so as long as they know how something works, they can probably find more than one purpose for it. As you consider the many uses of the objects around you, head on over to see how you can take the next step and create a family plan for survival.

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