October - Fire Extinguisher Use
Fire Extinguisher Use
A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Fires spread and grow rapidly so the number one priority is to get residents or occupants out safely.
- Use a portable fire extinguisher for small fires, like a wastebasket or contained in a small area that isn't spreading, while moving all the people from the area and the area isn't filled with smoke.
- Using a fire extinguisher, remember PASS;
P-Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you; and release the locking mechanism.
A-Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
S-Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
S-Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
TYPES OF EXTINGUISHERS
A-Wood, Fabrics, Papers
B-Flammable liquids and Gases
C-energized Electrical Equipment
D-Combustible metals-Special Extinguishing needs.
- For the home or office, purchase a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be use on all types of home or office fires). Make sure it is large enough for the job, but not too large to handle.
- Choose an extinguisher that carries the label of an approved outside testing laboratory, like UL (Underwriters Laboratory)
- Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher, get familiar with the parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Most local fire departments or fire equipment dealers offer free training for extinguisher use.
- Install the extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so that you can make a quick and easy exit, if the fire cannot be controlled.
- Know when to get out! Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan; the primary element is to get out safely. Every home and office should have a fire or disaster response plan and working smoking fire alarms.
Excerpts: NFPA -Safety Bulletin
Ted Gordon is the Risk Management/Loss Control Manager for the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. His office is located in the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, in Verona, MS. His telephone number is 662-566-2201.