Fire Extinguishers

Home Sprinkler Systems

Although not required under the 2003 Michigan Residential Code, home sprinkler systems provide an additional level of fire protection. For further information, contact your local building contractor.

Fire Extinguishers

There are different types of extinguishers; however, the ABC-rated fire extinguisher is recommended for the homeowner. A minimum of 1 fire extinguisher is recommended for each level of the home. The extinguishers should be checked/tested annually, at a minimum. The extinguishers should be placed in an area easily accessible and familiar to the whole family and/or caregiver(s). We recommend you read the operating instructions before installing an extinguisher.

Most retail, department and hardware stores carry fire extinguishers for home use. If you have a business, you should contact the Midland Fire Department Fire Marshal for further instructions, at 989-837-3410.

Local hardware stores and extinguisher companies can check / test fire extinguishers. The manufacturer’s recommendation for testing should be followed.


The basic steps for operating a home fire extinguisher can be remembered with a simple acronym - P.A.S.S., or Pull Aim Squeeze Sweep.

  • Pull the operating pin from the extinguisher handle.
  • Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle.
  • Sweep the fire again at the base.

After an extinguisher has been discharged, dispose of the extinguisher in your waste container.

If you have additional questions about extinguisher maintenance, contact the Midland Fire Department for more information.