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Updated On: Oct 20, 2006
fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing
it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have
limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority
for residents is to get out safely.
Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is
confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing;
everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or
is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word
PASS: - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism. - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. - Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher
(can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a
small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label
of an independent testing laboratory.
Read the instructions that come with the fire
extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a
fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors
often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and
keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an
easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with
smoke, leave immediately.
to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the
primary element is safe escape. Every household should have ahome
fire escape planand