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 covering all aspects of fire extinguisher use. Fire extinguisher training is required by all university staff on an annual basis.

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





Fire Safety Day, Student fires Fire Extinguisher at a fire.

Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training

Classroom and online available