10 Important Rules/Tips to Remember
1. Most fires start small. Except for explosions, fires can usually be brought under control if they are attacked correctly with the right type and size of fire extinguisher within the first two minutes!
2. A fire extinguisher should be “listed and labeled” by an independent extinguishers (such as Underwriter’s Laboratory) testing laboratory. The higher the rating number on an A or B extinguisher, the more fire it can put out. Be careful, high-rated units are often heavier models. Make sure you can hold and operate the model you are buying.
3. A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fife or containing it until the fire department arrives. Before attempting to fight a small fire be sure everyone is out of the building. It is important to have someone call the fife department. If the fire starts to spread or threatens
your escape path, get out immediately!
4. The operator must know how to use the extinguisher quickly without taking the time to read the instructions during an emergency Remember that extinguishers need care and must be recharged after every use.
If you fight a fire remember the word P.A.S.S.
Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep
5. Pull the pin. Some require a locking latch, pressing a puncture lever or other motion.
6. Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle (or it’s horn or hose) at the base of the fire.
7. Squeeze the handle. This releases the extinguishing agent.
8. Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the fire area in case the fire breaks out again, and repeat use of the extinguisher if necessary.
9. Most portable extinguishers work according to these directions, but some do not. Read and follow the directions on your extinguisher. If you have the slightest doubt about whether or not to fight a fire—DON’T! Get out and close the door behind behind you.
10. Stop by our fire prevention program in the Fall and ask about training and practice in the use of portable fire extinguishers.