How to Use Fire Extinguisher
This post is inspired by a YouTube Video I got in recommendations recently. For English translation you can refer to this video or this.
The video made me realize how often we overlook the importance of safety equipment and fail to learn how to use it properly, even though it could potentially save lives.
Frankly speaking, I learned the usage of a fire extinguisher for first time.
Fire extinguishers are an essential safety tool that can help prevent small fires from turning into major disasters. However, it’s important to know how to use them properly in order to maximize their effectiveness. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use a fire extinguisher:
Step 1: Assess the Situation
Before using a fire extinguisher, you should evaluate the situation to determine if it’s safe to do so. If the fire is too large or spreading quickly, evacuate the area and call the fire department immediately. If the fire is small and contained, you can attempt to put it out with a fire extinguisher.
Step 2: Choose the Right Extinguisher
Different types of fires require different types of extinguishers. There are four classes of fires, and each requires a specific type of extinguisher:
- Class A fires: involve ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, or cloth or anything that turns into ashes on burning.
- Class B fires: involve flammable liquids such as gasoline or oil.
- Class C fires: involve electrical equipment such as appliances or wiring.
- Class D fires: involve combustible metals such as magnesium or titanium.
Make sure you have the right type of extinguisher before attempting to put out a fire. Check for the labelling on the cylinder for the extinguisher compatibility with the type of fire.
Step 3: The PASS Technique
The PASS technique is an easy way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher effectively:
- Pull the pin: This will break the tamper seal and allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
- Aim at the base of the fire: Point the nozzle at the base of the flames, not at the top of the fire.
- Squeeze the handle: This will release the extinguishing agent.
- Sweep from side to side: Move the extinguisher from side to side while aiming at the base of the fire until it’s completely out.
Step 4: Keep a Safe Distance
When using a fire extinguisher, it’s important to keep a safe distance from the fire. Stand at least 6 feet away from the flames and approach slowly. If the fire starts to spread or becomes too intense, back away immediately.
Step 5: Evacuate if Necessary
Even if you’re able to put out a small fire with a fire extinguisher, it’s still important to evacuate the area and call the fire department. Fires can reignite or spread quickly, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
I hope this post helped you to get familiar with the basic usage of a fire extinguisher if you didn’t know already. If you know any useful guides on learning how to use variety of safety euipments, please do share.
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