If you have witnessed a huge fire in your lifetime, then perhaps you are fully aware of the fact that all fires can be extremely dangerous and life-threatening. Compared to your property, your life and health has much more value. For this reason, your safety must always be your primary concern when you embark on trying to fight a fire.
Before you decide to fight a fire, you need to make some considerations. For you to fight a fire, it must be small and not spreading. Fires tend to be very unpredictable, doubling in size and danger in just a couple of minutes. If you are not alert, you may end up placing yourself in even more danger than you were in to begin with.
Another consideration you need to make is the fire extinguisher available. You need to choose your fire extinguisher very carefully. It needs to be large enough to put out the fire. The extinguisher must also be able to extinguish the class of fire concerned. Normally, all fire extinguishers are labelled with the class of fire that they are designed to put out.
You also need to know how to use a fire extinguisher. This is an emergency situation and so you will not have enough time to read instructions, as the fire will have worsened. When putting out a fire, it can easily block your exit if you are not careful enough. The prudent option in this case is to keep your exit at your back while you try to put out the fire.
If the sire seems to be spreading rapidly, it is not advisable to try to interfere. You can only successfully fight and extinguish a fire while it is in its early stages. If the firs has started to spread rapidly, evacuate the building and call the fire department.