To use a fire extinguisher, you should follow the “PASS” method:
P – Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher. This will break the tamper seal and allow you to use the extinguisher.
A- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not at the flames themselves. This will help to extinguish the fire by removing the oxygen that it needs to survive.
S- Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
S- Sweep the nozzle back and forth across the base of the fire, moving from side to side until the fire is out.
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It’s also important to keep in mind some additional tips:
Before using the extinguisher, make sure that you have a clear escape route in case the fire cannot be controlled.
Always call the fire department before trying to put out a fire, even if you think you can handle it with a fire extinguisher.
Never use water to extinguish electrical fires or fires that involve flammable liquids, as this can make the situation worse.P.A.S.S Method – How to use Fire Extinguisher
Never attempt to fight a fire that is too large or that is spreading rapidly. In these cases, your priority should be to evacuate the building and call the fire department.
Always check the pressure gauge on the extinguisher to make sure that it is fully charged and ready to use.
Keep in mind that the extinguisher may only have a limited amount of extinguishing agent, so use it sparingly and only where it is needed.
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It’s also important to have regular maintenance and inspection of fire extinguisher and to be familiar with the type of extinguisher you have in your facility.