How & When to Use A Fire Extinguisher Effectively

Posted by Ricky Carter on March 2nd, 2020

Having to deal with an unexpected fire can be an unsettling and frightening experience. Make sure you are prepared for any eventuality by having these tips fresh in your mind so you know exactly what needs to happen should the worst take place.

Most fires start small. If the fire is contained to a single object, such as a rubbish bin, you may want to try using a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Remember, you only have seconds - a fire burning for just l minute will have tripled its original size.

You should only consider using a fire extinguisher if all members of your home or workplace have been alerted to the fire and the fire service has been called. Also, make sure you are safe from smoke and that the fire is not between you and your only escape route.

When purchasing a fire extinguisher, look for one that is tested by an independent testing laboratory. Also, look for one labelled A-B-C as it can be used on most fires that would occur in your home & office. You want to be sure that the type of fire extinguisher you would be using would be effective at putting the fire out.

Make sure you are physically able to handle a fire extinguisher. Some models are heavy and may be hard to operate and hold at the same time.

Know how to operate the extinguisher quickly. You will not have time to read instructions during an emergency.

Keep your fire extinguisher in an easily accessible area. Make sure it is not blocked by anything that would keep you from grabbing it quickly in an emergency.

Remember the word P.A.S.S. - Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep.

If your means of escape becomes compromised at any time while using an extinguisher, get out of the house as fast as possible and wait for the fire department.

If you have any doubt about whether or not to fight a fire with an extinguisher, DON'T! Get out and stay out.

Please Contact FireRite if you are a UK based business and would like to schedule a fire safety training class.

Ricky Carter

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