How To Use A Fire Extinguisher Correctly-Video

How To Use A Fire Extinguisher Correctly-Video

Accidents happen. Be prepared to fight your own fire by learning how to use a fire extinguisher.

Step 1: Know How Fire Extinguishers Are Classified

  • Know how fire extinguishers are classified.
  • Class A extinguishers are for common combustibles like paper or wood;
  • Class B are for flammable liquids;
  • and Class C are for electrical fires.

The Red Cross recommends ABC classified fire extinguishers for home use.

Step 2: Inspect The Fire Extinguisher

  • Inspect the fire extinguisher before use.
  • Read instructions and warnings;
  • check Last Date of Inspection
  • check that the pressure gauge needle is in the green portion of the gauge; and
  • check for a clogged nozzle, a broken seal, or other damage.

A fire extinguisher won’t work if it’s not properly charged. The pressure gauge measures the charge.


Step 3: Decide If You’Ll Evacuate Or Stay And Fight

  • Decide if you’ll evacuate or stay and fight the fire.
  • Consider the size of the fire,
  • the amount of smoke in the room, and
  • whether there is a reliable escape route.

Step 4: Remember The Acronym Pass

 How To Use A Fire Extinguisher Correctly

  • Remember the acronym PASS. It stands for
  • Pull,
  • Aim,
  • Squeeze, and
  • Sweep.

Step 5: Pull The Pin That Unlocks The Operating Handle

  • Pull the pin or ring that unlocks the fire extinguisher’s operating handle, and aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Aim at the fire from 6 to 8 feet away.

Step 6: Squeeze Extinguisher Lever To Discharge Contents

  • Squeeze the extinguisher lever to discharge its contents, and
  • sweep the hose back and forth until the extinguisher is empty.

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Discharge the extinguisher within its effective range using the P.A.S.S. technique (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep).
 How To Use A Fire Extinguisher Correctly-Video
Back away from an extinguished fire in case it flames up again. Evacuate immediately if the extinguisher is empty and the fire is not out.

Bottom Line

Any skill that could save the lives of loves ones is valuable. If you have a fire extinguisher but don’t know how to use it, what’s the point of having it in the first place? The worst time to learn this new skill would be when you’re under the pressure of a real fire situation. Learn the basics in just a few minutes and be prepared

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