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4 Things Every Business Needs to Know About Fire Extinguishers

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The importance of having a fire safety plan, complete with fire extinguishers, is integral to the safety of all occupants of your office building.

There is a lot that goes into a proper fire protection plan for any business. In fact, the importance of having a fire safety plan, complete with fire extinguishers, is integral to the safety of all occupants of your office building. As a result, here are some of the very important things that every business owner must know to ensure that all fire safety measures are in place.

Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

Depending on the specific type of fire, there is a special fire extinguisher made just for it. In fact, business owner should make sure that the types of fire extinguishers that are available make sense with the types of materials that are around. As a result, having the proper fire extinguisher for your business is essential.

Know How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Always remember the acronym PASS- pull, aim, squeeze, sweep. This will assist everyone within the building on how to properly use a fire extinguisher in a safe and effective manner. But what does this acronym actually mean? Here is a handy guide to help you out!


  • Pull: Pull the pin. This means that you’ll want to hold the extinguisher down with the nozzle pointing away from you. Then you’ll want to release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim: Aim low. Ideally, you’ll want to point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire itself.
  • Squeeze: Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly to properly handle the fire extinguisher safely.
  • Sweep: Basically, you’ll want to make sure that you sweep the nozzle from side-to-side to effectively extinguish a fire.


Proper Inspections

Typically, every fire extinguisher needs to be inspected based on the guidelines set out in the NFPA. A thorough inspection is a requirement for every business.

Installed Near Exits

Fire extinguishers should ideally be installed near fire exits. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. This simple placement will allow you to stay safely near an exit when using the fire extinguisher. In fact, if you do use a fire extinguisher, keep a clear path to the exit and face your back to that exit.

Practice Fire Safety with Anderson Fire Protection

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