Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers at Iowa State University meet regulatory requirements and allow trained employees to attempt to extinguish small fires. EH&S offers hands-on and online training courses in Workday Learning and Canvas (students) that covers all aspects of fire extinguisher use. Fire extinguisher training is required by all university staff on an annual basis. If you need assistance, please contact

EH&S installs, maintains, and inspects fire extinguishers at Iowa State University. Departments are responsible for charges related to fire extinguishers in departmental areas.  Please contact EH&S with concerns about the placement or selection of fire extinguishers. Any extinguisher found to be faulty, discharged, or missing must be reported to EH&S at (515) 294-5359 or

Only attempt to use an extinguisher if…

Use the P.A.S.S. Method

  • Pull the pin
  • Aim nozzle at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle
  • Sweep side to side