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How to correctly extinguish a fire

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Don’t make a deadly mistake.

High Point Fire Inspector Bill Bump tells FOX8 you should never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Instead, turn off the burner and put a lid on the pan to cut off the air supply.

What about a fire extinguisher?

Every home should have one, but do you know how to use it?

Follow this simple acronym: PASS. Pull the pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the handle and sweep until the fire is out. Remember to stay about 8 feet away while doing so.

Always know where the exit is and make sure you can easily get to it.

Make sure you also call for help from the fire department. Firefighters need to make sure there aren’t any hot spots that could flare up.

A residential fire extinguisher costs about $20 at most home improvement stores.