You have undoubtedly seen a fire extinguisher before. It’s the large red canister sitting under your kitchen sink. Or perhaps you’ve seen one hanging in a classroom or a warehouse. Considering how common they are, it’s surprising to find out that many people haven’t had to use them. Knowing how to properly use a fire extinguisher can be a very valuable step in keeping a small emergency fire from burning down a building or injuring people.
Using an extinguisher is easy. The acronym PASS is recommended:
P. Pull the metal pin out of the extinguisher. You might have to break a plastic band that attaches a tag to the extinguisher.
A. Aim the extinguisher hose at the fire. Remember to point it at the base because shooting the flames won’t help. The fire will come back again if you don’t aim for the base.
S. Squeeze the trigger to make the extinguisher shoot its contents at the fire.
S. Sweep your spray across the fire in a calm, controlled manner. A panicked spray is ineffective.
Don’t forget to call the fire department if the fire cannot be put out. Many people start fighting a small fire and forget to call for help. The common recommendation is to call the fire department if a fire has flames that exceed your height.
**These tips come from Labenco LLC, a company that sells the 5lb Buckeye ABC fire extinguisher.**