How to you use a portable fire extinguisher ? Having a fire extinguisher at home is a neccessity because you never know when a fire is going to break out.
Although it is something we never want it to happen, having a portable fire extinguisher in place is going to help you in times of need, especially when it comes to saving your property and your loved ones.
Despite having one, it is also important that you know how to use them. Having one at home is not going to help if you do not even know how to operate them.
The steps below are laid out in a sequential manner so that it will be easy to follow.
Before the following steps are applied, it is crucial to note that fire extinguishers are used to put out small fires before they have a chance to spread. Never was it meant for putting out big fires. In all cases, the fire department should be informed and you must have a clear escape route when there is a fire outbreak.
Looking at your fire extinguisher, you will notice the different classes of fire your extinguisher is suitable for, namely:
- A - Wood, Paper
- B - Gasoline, Petroleum
- C - Appliances
- K - Cooking Oils, Grease
Once you know what kind of fire class the fire is, you can then easily apply the PASS technique to using our portable fire extinguisher:
P - Pull The PIN from your extinguisher
A - Aim the nozzle at the fire
S - Squeeze the handle to release the agent
S - Sweep from side to side to ensure you cover all critical areas.
That is how to use a portable fire extinguisher.
Although our hope is that you will never get use one, it is still crucial that you own or learn how to use one at home. For life, we should never take things for granted, especially when it comes to fire.