How & When to use a fire extinguisher
The following are ten important rules to remember about how and when to use a fire extinguisher.
- Most fires start small. If the fire is contained to a single object, such as a trash can, you may want to try using a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
- You should only consider using a fire extinguisher if all members of your home have been alerted to the fire and the fire department has been called.
- When purchasing a fire extinguisher, look for one that is tested by an independent testing laboratory. Also, look for one labeled A-B-C as it can be used on most fires that would occur in your home.
- Make sure you are physically able to handle a fire extinguisher.
- 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.
- 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!