While fire extinguishers are a common sight in offices, restaurants, factories and workplaces everywhere, they’re far less likely to be found in people’s homes. We’ve covered fire extinguisher types in detail – but what happens if you’re caught without one? Let’s look at the things you can do (and the things you definitely shouldn’t do) when you need to stop a fire without a fire extinguisher.

Only use these tips to tackle minor or small fires, campfires and so on; if you’re faced with a structure fire or a house fire, get out as quickly and safely as possible, and call 999. Do not attempt to tackle a blaze, with or without an extinguisher.

Burnt building with old fire extinguisher