How To Use Fire Extinguisher Safely in Case of a Fire Emergency?
Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can help keep you safe in an emergency while you wait for the help to arrive.
The usage of fire extinguisher is simple, but in an emergency situation, for many people, simple can become complicated or confusing. This is why it is so important to, first of all, know where fire extinguishers are located in your building, and second of all, review its proper use so that if and when it is needed, it actually works.
A simple fire extinguisher training technique to use in any situation is the PASS method:
It requires just 4 easy steps, each represented by a letter in the word PASS:
|P =||Pull the pin or release any other locking device|
|A =||Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire|
|S =||Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent|
|S =||Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it is extinguished|
Pull the pin
Every fire extinguisher comes with a safety pin to prevent accidental discharge of the extinguishing media during handling. The fire extinguisher cannot discharge until this pin is removed.
Aim the hose at the base of the fire
From a safe distance, aim the hose where the fire is taking place. If you aim at the flames (which is frequently the temptation), the extinguishing agent will fly over the burning material and do no good. You want to hit the fuel where the chain reaction is taking place.
Squeeze the handle
Now the next step is to squeeze the top handle or lever of the fire extinguisher to discharge the extinguishing media.
Sweep from side to side over the base of the fire until the fire completely out. This ensures that all of the burning areas are covered by the extinguishing media. Be cautious not to get close or to stand on the previously burning area. Once the fire is out, keep an eye on the area in case it re-ignites.
It is as simple as that Look at distinguished video on how to use a fire extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers are meant to handle only small fires. If a fire becomes too large or the environment becomes too dangerous, call the fire safety professionals.
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