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What to Know About Your Fire Extinguisher

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners in Nolensville, TN, remember to put a fire extinguisher in their home, but don’t know some of the basics they need for proper use. There are a few things everyone should be aware of with these important tools.

How To Use your Extinguisher

Having an extinguisher on hand may seem like an easy way to quickly put out a small kitchen fire. But knowing how to use it is equally important. Professionals have come up with an easy acronym to help users remember the correct formula. It is P.A.S.S.

  • Pull - pull out the pin located in the extinguisher’s head to break the tamper seal
  • Aim - aim the nozzle or hose at the fire’s base
  • Squeeze - squeezing the handle will release the formula inside the extinguisher
  • Sweep - From side to side, move the nozzle over the base of the fire until it goes out.

If the fire does not go out, is too big for the extinguisher, or reignites, get out of the house and call 911 immediately. If there is fire damage afterwards a professional may be able to help.

What the Labels Mean

Many fire extinguisher labels contain important information you may need for proper use. The labels will rate the extinguisher with an A, B, C, or combination of these three to indicate what type of fire it can be used for. An A designation shows the extinguishing agent is effective against combustible dry fuels like paper, while B designate usefulness against liquid fuels such as oil. The C designation indicates the extinguisher may be used in the event of an electrical fire. Some extinguishers are rated for all three fire types while others cover only one or two.

Knowing how to properly use your fire extinguisher can not only help you put out a small kitchen fire safely, but may help you save valuable time needed to mitigate fire damage. Remember to P.A.S.S. (pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep) over the fire. When in doubt, always call your local Nolensville, TN, fire department.

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