How to use a Fire Extinguisher
If you’ve gone your whole life thus far without knowing how to use a fire extinguisher, there’s no need to be too embarrassed! In fact, a majority of Americans claim they don’t know how to use one. Although an extinguisher is rather simple to use, you don’t want to waste time while a fire is quickly spreading in your home. Here are the basics of how an extinguisher works, so you can act swiftly!
When grabbing an extinguisher, think “PASS.”
- Pull the pinout of the handle
- Aim the tip of the nozzle at the bottom of the fire
- Squeeze the extinguisher’s trigger
- Sweep the hose from one side to the other side until the fire is out
Once all these steps are completed, assess the fire damage and called fire restoration services if necessary.
When You Should Use a Fire Extinguisher
You will need to quickly assess the situation and make the decision to either attempt to put out the fire or run. Extinguishers can be used for small fires that just started. For example, a kitchen fire that starts while you’re cooking can easily be put out before it spreads any further. However, a large fire requires you to evacuate the area and contact the fire department.
How To Know Your Extinguisher Is Fit for the Job
There are several different extinguishers designed for different types of fires. You will need to check the label of the fire extinguisher to see if it is a Class A, B, or C. This identifies whether it is designed to handle wood and paper product fires, liquid fires, or electrical fires. Some extinguishers are identified as A-B-C and can handle all three types of fires. Also, make sure it is pressurized and charged.
If a fire ever occurs, acting as fast as possible is key to minimizing fire damage top your home. Memorize the information in this guide for the best chance of putting a fire out before it’s too big for you to handle.