Although sprinkler systems are wonderful at protecting your business from fires, they are not actually designed to target a specific area in your commercial space. If there is a small manageable fire, you may be able to simply extinguish it with a fire extinguisher. But before spraying the extinguisher, you should take a moment to learn about when to use a fire extinguisher and how to use it.
When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
While the obvious answer may seem like “in the event of a fire”, there is actually a time and a place to use a fire extinguisher. Using a fire extinguisher without the proper precautions can put you and everyone in your business at serious risk. Before using a fire extinguisher, it is important to make sure the fire is contained to one area and is not spreading. Make sure the room is not filled with smoke and everyone has evacuated the building in case the fire does spread. Have someone alert the fire department as well so they can investigate the problem and are on standby in case the fire becomes out of control. If you suspect the fire is spreading, be sure to evacuate the building as soon as possible and to stay safe.
Using a Fire Extinguisher
Using a fire extinguisher should not be a complicated process when you are in the middle of an emergency situation. So to help you become more comfortable using one, there is an easy anagram for you to remember: PASS. Pull. Aim. Squeeze. Sweep.
- Pull the pin. This pin is located the at top of the extinguisher and once pulled, will release the lock, allowing you to discharge the extinguishing agent.
- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. While it may seem logical to aim at the flames of the fire, this could cause the flames to blow around and actually spread the fire. Aim at the base of the fire to extinguisher it.
- Squeeze the lever. Squeezing the lever will release the extinguishing agent.
- Sweep the nozzle from right to left to cover the area of the fire’s source. This will completely douse the area and stop the fire from reigniting.
You should wait a few moments to ensure the fire is completely out and does not reignite. Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is extremely important. But if you are not comfortable using an extinguisher, allow someone else to use it or wait for help to arrive. Misusing a fire extinguisher could cause more damage and injuries than the original fire. Once your fire extinguisher has been used, do not forget to call Anderson Fire Protection, Inc. for a fire extinguisher inspection and service.
Using a Fire Extinguisher with Anderson Fire Protection Inc.
No matter what your needs are, Anderson Fire Protection, Inc. is here to design and install a fire protection system that will work for your residential or commercial space. With more than 26 years of experience, Anderson Fire Protection, Inc. is able to offer you experience and reliable customer support. For more information on working with Anderson Fire Protection Inc., call us today at 410-796-4915 or click here for more information.