Fire Prevention Week: Using a Fire Extinguisher

Using a fire extinguisher can be intimidating, especially if you do not know the proper way to use it. Fortunately, there is a very useful anagram to help you remember the four easy steps. Just remember the phrase P.A.S.S.

Pull: Pull the pin. There is a small pin that prevents the fire extinguisher from accidentally being used, all you have to do is pull it out and continue on to the next step. Pull the pin. This will also break any tamper seal.

Aim: Aim the nozzle (or the hose) of the fire extinguisher low towards the base of the fire.

Squeeze: Squeeze the lever you just pulled the pin out of. Remember to squeeze it slowly and evenly, so it is as effective as possible.

Swipe: Swipe from side to side to cover all areas the fire may have spread to. Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat the P.A.S.S. process.

To properly execute the steps to use the fire extinguisher, you must take some safety precautions. Assess the fire, if it is too big or uncontrollable don’t risk your safety by trying to put it out, evacuate the house and call 9-1-1 immediately. If the fire is small enough and can easily be put out and contained, continue to use the P.A.S.S. technique to put it out. Make sure to hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing AWAY from you, and keep your back towards a clear exit so you can easily exit if the fire becomes too dangerous.

Fire extinguishers should be stored on every level of the home and in areas like the kitchen and garage. Store them in accessible places or mount them on the wall for easy access in the event of any emergency.

Better Corfu Committee Online Bulletin Board

The Better Corfu Committee has created a free online bulletin board for the community where you can post or read:

  • Announcements (related to the village)
  • Garage Sale Notices
  • Local Advertising
  • Village History
  • Village Events

…as well as many other categories.

This bulletin board is a great way to interact with your neighbors and to exchange information.

The bulletin board can be accessed here (http://corfuny.com/bulletin-board) and requires you to register a free account.


The Better Corfu Committee is a committee of local residents dedicated to making Corfu a better place to live, play, and work.

2020 Village Scarecrow Contest

Help us bring the village alive with the spirit of the season by creating a unique scarecrow to display during our inaugural Autumn in the Village celebration!

Design a custom scarecrow to display in front of your home from October 24 – November 1. They can be attached to a mailbox or in front of the house (please do not attach them to road signs or light poles). Scarecrows must be made in good taste and weather-resistant.

Participants must maintain the scarecrow while on display.

See the flyer below for more information:

Crossroads House Garage Sale

The Crossroads House in Batavia will be having an impromptu garage sale at 11 Liberty Street. Although much smaller than their annual garage sale due to restrictions on public gatherings, “the show must go on!” Volunteers have been busy pricing a wide variety of treasures including glassware, collectibles, household items, and a few pieces of furniture. Garage access will be limited to a few people at a time, social distancing measures will be in place, and masks will be required.

This sale is to not only help fill the funding gap left by cancelled fundraisers but also to move out merchandise that would have sold at their summer sale.

The sale will be held on Friday, October 9th from 9-2, and Saturday, October 10th from 9-12. (No early birds, please).

Below is a flyer with the details.