How to Use Fire Extinguisher

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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:

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:

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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