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Fire Extinguishers
Do You Know "How & When to Use a Fire Extinguisher?"
To Request Fire Extinguisher training call 281. 316.3740
10 Important Rules to Remember
Boy with extinguisher1. Most fires start small. Except for explosions, fires can usually by brought under control if they are attacked correctly with the right type and size of extinguisher within the first two minutes! Boy with extinguisher2. A fire extinguisher should be "listed and labeled" by an independent 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.
Boy spraying with extinguishers3. A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire 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 fire department. If the fire starts to spread or threatens your escape path, get out immediately! Boy reading instructions on extinguisher4. The operator must know how to use the extinguisher, quickly without taking time to read directions during an emergency. Remember that the extinguishers need care and must be recharged after every use.
If you fight a fire, remember the words: Pass... Pull... Aim... Squeeze... Sweep...
Cartoon pulling pin in extinguisher5. Pull - Pull the pin. Some extinguishers require releasing a lock latch, pressing a puncture lever or other motion. Boy aiming extinguisher6. Aim - Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle (or it's horn or hose) at the base of the fire.
Cartoon squeezing handle on extinguisher7. Squeeze - Squeeze the handle. This releases the extinguishing agent. Boy using sweeping motion with extinguisher8. Sweep - Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the fire area in case fire breaks out again, and repeat use of extinguisher if necessary.
If you fight a fire, remember the words: Pass... Pull... Aim... Squeeze... Sweep...
Boy holding extinguisher9. 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 you. Boy with quzzical look10. Ask your fire department about training and practice in the use of portable fire extinguishers. Many departments offer training sessions to the public.
Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher before an emergency and always keep your fire extinguisher fully charged!
Officer teaching class how to use extinguisherWhen not to fight a Fire
  • If the fire could block your only exit!
  • If the fire is spreading too quickly!
  • If the type or size of the extinguisher is wrong!
  • If the fire is too large!
  • If you don't know how to use your fire extinguisher!

If any of the above conditions exist, leave immediately!!!


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