A fire extinguisher is among the most integral components of a building. They are vital to any fire safety plans, but extinguishers can only be useful if they are utilized in the right manner. If you can get your employees trained on how to use a fire extinguisher properly, you can save lives and lower the amount of property damage. Training to use a fire extinguisher can be broken into multiple different steps.
Identify the Fire
There are many classes of fires. Each one is caused by different materials and must be resolved with the right fire extinguisher. These are the classes of fires that you could see:
- Class A: normal combustibles
- Class B: flammable gasses and liquids
- Class C: electronics
- Class D: metals that are combustible
- Class K: Grease and cooking oils
Whichever class of fire you’re handling will influence what type of fire extinguisher is best to respond to the emergency. Each extinguisher should have a label on it that identifies its type, which can help you figure out if it’s the right one to use.
Keep P.A.S.S. in Mind
The P.A.S.S. method is used to help people remember how to use a fire extinguisher. Here are the different steps:
- Pull the safety pin out in order to activate your extinguisher
- Aim the nozzle low and near the fire’s base. Do this from a safe distance
- Squeeze the operating lever to use your extinguisher. Each type of extinguisher will have a different-looking discharge when used
- Sweep the extinguisher’s nozzle from one side to another until you have put out the fire. Move closer to the fire area cautiously as the fire gets smaller in order to reduce the chances of the fire restarting.
You should use these steps with any fire extinguisher you use. By following these steps, you can put out a fire as safely and effectively as possible.
Know Where the Exits are Located
To avoid people getting trapped in a burning building, make sure the exits are to your back in the event that the fire doesn’t get put out. Using this tactic can save many lives.
Keep Your Extinguishers
If you take good care of your extinguishers, they can last you for quite a while. However, proper care involves regular inspections and testing of your extinguishers to make sure they’re in functional condition. The tests and inspections should always be done by trained professionals.
Undergo Training and Fire Drills
If you conduct fire drills and train your workers on how to use a fire extinguisher, you’ll be better prepared to handle a fire when a real emergency arrives. It’s better to be proactive and be ready for an emergency before one shows up.
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