HELP the “fill in the blank” is on FIRE!!!! Following are a few household tips to keep in mind when operating a fire extinguisher.
1. Stay calm, contact the fire department by dialing 911.
2. Make sure that others are evacuated from the premises.
3. If you plan on utilizing a fire extinguisher, there are several things that you should keep in mind. Fire extinguishers are intended to put out small fires. Fire extinguishers should be only used if you have the right type of fire extinguisher for that type of application. If the fire is too large and/or you don’t have the right fire extinguisher more than likely the fire extinguisher will be ineffective in extinguishing the fire. Evacuate the premises immediately and let the fire department handle.
How to operate a fire extinguisher.
1. Make sure you have a quick way to exit the premises and that the fire is small enough to be controlled by a fire extinguisher. The following general class of fire extinguishers are as follows:
- Class A – Ordinary combustibles (paper, wood, plastics, etc.)
- Class B – Flammable liquids (gas,oils,etc.)
- Class C – Electrical Equipment (plugged in equipment such as computers, televisions, electronics, etc.)
- Class K – Kitchen (cooking oils and grease)
2. Utilize the P-A-S-S method.
PULL – the pin from the extinguisher
AIM – stand 8 to 10 ft. from the fire and aim the nozzle at the seat of fire.
SQUEEZE – squeeze the lever handle of the extinguisher to start discharge of the agent while maintaining your distance.
SWEEP – sweep the nozzle from side to side (left to right), 3-6 inches slightly beyond the seat of the fire, keep the constant sweeping motion until the fire is extinguished or the agent is fully discharged.
Remember to follow these simple steps to help protect lives and property.
Check out this video from the Fire Equip. Manuf. Assoc.