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How To Use A Fire Extinguisher?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Engineer checking Industrial fire control system,Fire Alarm controller, Fire notifier, Anti fire Everyone in a household should know how to use a fire extinguisher

How To Use A Fire Extinguisher?

One of the things everyone in a household should know is how to use a fire extinguisher. Hopefully, you will never have to use this knowledge, but the proper application of a fire suppression device can prevent a lot of heartache later on.

Step 1: Decide What's Best
Your first decision should always be whether you should try to use an extinguisher or get safely out of the home. If the fire is very small and unlikely to spread, use it. If the fire is spreading rapidly, get to safety. Never try to extinguish a fire that is completely out of control. Suffering fire damage is much better than getting hurt.

Step 2: Check the Type
Get the right type of extinguisher. If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, chances are you have one for common house fires. Common extinguisher types include:

  • Type A - wood, paper, rubber, cloth, and plastic
  • Type B - gasoline, paints, and solvents
  • Type C - electrical fires
  • Types D and K - industrial chemicals and oils like those used in businesses or restaurants

Most household devices are labeled A, B, and C. If you don't remember the types, just make sure yours is a multi-use extinguisher. This step is particularly important in a kitchen fire because some types will not put out a grease fire.

Step 3: Use the PASS Method
The PASS method stands for pull the pin on the fire extinguisher. Then aim the nozzle and squeeze the handle. The final step in PASS is to sweep the spray from side to side. If your instruction manual says something different, always follow the instructions that came with your extinguisher.

Step 4: Clean Up the Mess
Even if you use fire suppression devices, you will still have smoke and some fire damage. In this case, you are best off calling a company that specializes in fire cleanup in Doylestown, PA.
No matter what, it is always better to call the fire department than it is to get hurt. Never try to put out a fire that is spreading fast or seems out of control.

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