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What’s the Proper Way To Use a Fire Extinguisher?

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

What’s the Proper Way To Use a Fire Extinguisher?

Having a fire extinguisher in your home in Redlands, California can be lifesaving. However, it isn’t enough just to have one present. You also need to know how to use it. Most extinguishers made for a small kitchen fire will work in the exact same way, so once you learn how to use one, you should be able to use any one you come across.

Printed Instructions

Every extinguisher comes with instructions for use printed on it. While you certainly can read through the instructions when you need to put out a fire, doing so can waste precious time. Meanwhile, fire damage is occurring. It is better to learn how to use the extinguisher before you actually need it.

Basic Instructions

There is a simple mnemonic device you can use you to help you remember what to do if a fire breaks out and you need to use the extinguisher to put it out. Simply think of the word “PASS,” which stands for the following:

Pin - Take out the pin.
Aim - Aim the nozzle at the bottom of the fire.
Squeeze - Squeeze the trigger to begin the flow.
Sweep - Use a sweeping motion to put out the fire.

If you can remember this easy word – PASS – then you can use a fire extinguisher.

Clean Up

You may get lucky and have no fire damage to clean up after using your extinguisher, but you will need to clean the agent sprayed by the extinguisher. If you have a standard extinguisher, it will spray a dust-like substance that gets everywhere and is difficult to clean up. Look on the container to see what type of agent is used, and research more about the best way to clean it up.

Knowing how to tackle the after-fire cleanup before you ever need to use your fire extinguisher can be very helpful when the time actually comes. For help cleaning up after large fires, contact a Redlands, California fire remediation company. Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthredlandsyucaipa.com for more information on fire damage.

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