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How To Use a Fire Extinguisher

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher instruction labels set. Instruction extinguisher and protection of fire with extinguisher illustration Most operate by using the P.A.S.S. technique

How you respond in the face of a fire emergency can affect the safety, health, and livelihood of yourself and many others. While evacuating and calling the fire department is always the best idea in the face of major fires, knowing how to operate a fire extinguisher could prevent a small fire from spreading. For example, a kitchen fire in your home in Riverton, UT, might be able to be stopped or contained by the proper use of an extinguisher.

How To Use a Fire Extinguisher

If it is safe to do so, use an extinguisher on small fires. They are simple to use. Most operate by using the P.A.S.S. technique.

Pull - Pull the pin.
Aim - Aim low while pointing the extinguisher hose at the base of the fire.
Squeeze - Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
Sweep - Sweep the flow of the extinguishing agent from side to side at the base of the fire until the fire appears to be out.

When the fire appears to be out, back away from the area in case it reignites. If it does reignite, repeat steps two through four of the P.A.S.S. technique. If the fire grows beyond small flames or is resistant to your efforts, evacuate immediately and call the fire department.

What To Do Next
If you called the fire department, back away to a safe area and wait for them. Do not attempt to go back into the home, even if the flames seem to be smaller. If you managed to put out the fire safely on your own, turn your attention to clean up and repairs. Fire damage to your home can be devastating and messy. In addition to the fire and smoke, flooding and the extinguishing agent add to the mess to be cleaned. Restoration specialists can help clean and restore your home to safe and livable conditions.
Fires are dangerous, unpredictable events that have the potential to cause devastation and threaten lives. Everyone should know the simple steps to operate a fire extinguisher.

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