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Fire Extinguisher Use and Safety

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Not every fire is a five-alarm emergency requiring Crowley, TX, emergency responders and firefighters to put the blaze out. Some incidents, such as small kitchen fires, can be doused with the use of a portable fire extinguisher. Quick reflexes and knowledge of how to effectively use an extinguisher can save you a great deal of fire damage.

How to use a fire extinguisher:

1. Locate and grip the pin firmly.
2. Pull sharply, breaking the tamper seal.
3. Aim the nozzle at the fire. Try not to get too close, but you should aim low and focus on the base of the fire. Trying to douse the fire from the top down will be less effective and may cause the flames to shower and spread. Dousing it at the base puts out the source more immediately.
4. Take the handle in a firm grip.
5. Squeeze the handle and hold it.
6. Maintain a solid grip on the nozzle, allowing the extinguishing agent to pour directly onto the base of the fire.
7. Use a side-to-side sweeping motion to expand your coverage and make sure the fire is fully covered and suppressed.
8. Maintain watchfulness over the area. A single ember can re-ignite the fire. You may need to repeatedly use the fire extinguisher to be certain.
9. If the fire extinguisher does not contain the flame, evacuate immediately and call emergency services.

Safe use and handling of a fire extinguisher can be essential both in the home and at work. Practice with your portable fire extinguisher to be sure you can respond reflexively and immediately to prevent fires from spreading and protect your home and place of business. If you practice often enough, effective use of a fire extinguisher can become instinctive muscle memory. A rapid, well-trained response can make the difference between a minor fire incident and a major, life-threatening blaze.

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