Do you know how to properly use a fire extinguisher?
As the weather gets warmer house fires from grilling and BBQs increase. Fire damage can happen when you least expect it. Being prepared is the most important thing. A lot of people keep fire extinguishers in their kitchens and by grills but don’t know how to properly use them.
Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:
- Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the level slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with then before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.