The use of a fire extinguisher by a trained person can be a life and property saving tool. However, many people do not know much about various fire extinguishers, or how to use them properly. The use of a fire extinguisher requires sound training and prompt decision making capabilities. Aside from this, it is also important to maintain them properly so that they are ready for use when you need them. There are many booklets and teachings of how to use a fire extinguisher. However, much like heart surgery, people cannot read about it and then do it. They must do it continuously to get better at it.
The way we teach the public and our own members is to remember the simple acronym “PASS.” Each letter in the word stands for a separate step in how to properly use a fire extinguisher
- P – Pull the safety pin usually located around the handle of the extinguisher.
- A – Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- S – Squeeze the handle to begin to discharge the extinguisher.
- S – Sweep the extinguisher side to side while aiming at the base of the fire until the fire is out.
When using a fire extinguisher always keep your eyes on what is burning and keep the exit towards your back. In the event you cannot extinguish the fire you can simply walk backwards and out the exit. We also recommend having at-least 2 Fire Extinguishers ready for use in the event your Fire Extinguisher Runs out. Once again we cannot stress this enough but the best thing is to GET OUT and STAY OUT.
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