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Fire Extinguisher Safety

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

A red fire extinguisher A red fire extinguisher

Having fire extinguishers in your home or commercial building is an important safety measure. But it is equally important to select the right type of fire extinguisher, and to know how to utilize it effectively.

 To operate one, just remember the word PASS.

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side

  • When selecting a fire extinguisher for the home, it is best to pick a multi-purpose extinguisher (Class ABC). The multi-purpose extinguisher is good for all kinds of house fires.
  • Make sure there’s a label on it from an independent testing laboratory.
  • Familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher by reading the instructions that come with it. Hands-on training is also available for the proper use of extinguishers. Fire equipment distributors often provide this training. And you can always check with your local fire department to see if they can help with training.
  • Know when it’s time to go. A fire extinguisher is only designed to extinguish small areas like the wastebasket. Your primary concern is getting everyone out safe.
  • Make sure you have an emergency plan in place. Also make sure everyone knows the exits, and where the meet-up location will be.

A fire can happen at any time, in both residential and commercial settings. Having a fire extinguisher available, and knowing how to effectively use it, can save both property and lives.

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