Fire Extinguisher Use
In every family, there comes a time when use of a fire extinguisher is inevitable. Although, we hope you never need to, we would like you to be prepared. Please note the following tips and advice to keep you, your family, and your property safe.
Purchase an all-purpose fire extinguisher for your home. It is labeled as an ABC extinguisher and should suffice for the type of fires you could have in your home.
Keep fire extinguishers close by problem or high hazard areas, such as the kitchen, garage, storage shed, and/or RV.
Extinguishers do have an expiration date and sometimes lose their pressure. Check to make sure your gauge is in the green about every six months or so.
If a small fire breaks out in your home, remember to stay calm and follow the P.A.S.S. steps in using your fire extinguisher. If possible, have someone else call 9-1-1.
P – Pull: Pull the safety pin/ring on the handle of the extinguisher.
A – AIM: Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. You want the fire retardant to reach what is actually burning, not just the flame.
S – SQUEEZE: Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher making sure that the nozzle is still pointed at the base of the fire.
S – SWEEP: Sweep the nozzle back and forth on the base of the fire as you walk closer to the fire.
Once the fire is out, make sure you DO NOT turn your back on the fire. Back away and watch for flare ups. Call 9-1-1 and state you have just had a fire in your home. It is important you report the fire, even if you have already put it out!