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page is intended to provide individuals with a quick reference guide
on how to use a fire extinguisher.
Before using your
fire extinguisher, be sure to read the instructions before it's too late.
Although there are many different types of fire extinguishers,
all of them operate in a similar manner.
typical fire extinguisher contains 10 seconds of extinguishing power.
This could be less if it has already been partially discharged. Always
read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher beforehand
and become familiarized with its parts. It is highly recommended by fire
prevention experts that you get hands-on training before operating a fire
extinguisher. Most local fire departments offer this service.
Once the fire is
out, don't walk away! Watch the area for a few minutes in case it re-ignites.
Recharge the extinguisher immediately after use.
Use this acronym
as a quick reference (it is a good idea to print this reference and pin
it next to your fire extinguisher):
the Pin at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking
mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is important -
in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.
the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent
in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will
from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher
back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher
from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the
fire once it starts to diminish. Be sure to read the instructions
on your fire extinguisher - different fire extinguishers recommend
operating them from different distances. Remember: Aim at the base
of the fire, not at the flames!!!!