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The Basics of How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher

Do you know the proper way to use a fire extinguisher? Learn here!

Having a fire extinguisher is a great idea for any setting.  Fires are a huge safety concern so having proper prevention protocols in place can save lives.  Using a fire extinguisher is not complicated as long as you have an idea of what you’re doing.  There are a few basic things that can be helpful to know.

What Type of Extinguisher do you have?

This is very important, as different extinguishers work better for different types of fires.  A wide range of fire extinguishers exists to provide you with the maximum amount of safety in your location.  These different classes of extinguishers that are available are distinguishable by the colored shape printed on the label.

Using Your Fire Extinguisher

No one wants a fire to occur, but accidents happen and preparation is key.  Fire extinguisher use is simple as long as you remember: P.A.S.S.

P- Pull the pin.  Pulling the pin at the top allows the trigger mechanism to function and release the suppressant.

A- Aim low. Specifically, look for the base of the fire and shoot at it.  Aiming for the base reduces the risk of the chemical colliding with the flames and causing them to spread.

S- Squeeze slowly.  As soon as pressure is applied to the lever, suppressant is released.

S- Sweep the extinguisher back and forth.  Imagine that you are drawing a line that the fire shall not pass.  You don’t want to focus on one area of the fire, only to find that another area is advancing.

Typically, a fully charged fire extinguisher only works for about 10 seconds, so a working knowledge of how to use one is important.

Maintain Your Fire Extinguisher

One of the most important parts of Fire Extinguisher use is proper maintenance.  It is of the utmost importance that you make sure the fire extinguishers in your home or workplace are properly maintained.  Regular inspection and re-charging are important parts of this maintenance.

Get In Touch With Biles Fire Protection Services Today

No matter your fire protection needs, Biles Fire Protection Services can design and install a system that will work for you. We are proud to offer top-notch customer service including fast response times, reliable support, and affordable prices. We are certified through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and have the knowledge and experience to create the right fire protection system for your home or business. To learn more about what we have to offer, give us a call at 443-701-8330, send us an email, or request a quote online.

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