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Fire Extinguisher Safety Basics

Fire Extinguisher Safety Basics by Brazas Fire 505-889-8999

Fire extinguishers can save lives and property by extinguishing a minor fire or controlling it until the fire service comes, but they have limits. Getting out of harm’s way is the most crucial consideration for inhabitants during ablaze. Fire extinguisher selection and use are covered here!

Your Albuquerque fire extinguisher must be inspected for the following things:

  •  Check whether anything is obstructing or limiting your ability to get there in an emergency.
  • Typically, extinguishers contain gauges that indicate if the pressure is excessively high or low.
  • Make that the can, hoses, and nozzles aren’t rusted, dented, or damaged in any other way.
  • Remove any dust, oil, or grease from the extinguisher’s exterior for a sparkling clean extinguisher.
  • Some extinguishers require weekly shaking, while others require pressure testing every few years.

When to Use a Fire Extinguisher

A minor fire may benefit from the use of a fire extinguisher. You can use the following checklist to ensure that you are ready to utilize a fire extinguisher in an emergency.

  •  Is anyone else in the building aware that there is a fire?
  • Is the fire department being called?
  • Would a fire extinguisher work on me?
  • For example, in a pan or wastebasket, is the fire tiny and contained?
  • Is the poisonous smoke from the fire going to harm me?
  • The question is whether I have a clear path out.

When the following questions are answered, “yes,” use a fire extinguisher. All other times, inform others, exit the building, and dial 911 using your cell phone or a neighbor’s phone if you’re unsure whether it’s safe to use a fire extinguisher. Youngsters should not use fire extinguishers.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

 Remember the word “PASS” when you use a fire extinguisher.

  • Take out the pin. Hold the fire extinguisher so that the nozzle points away from you and unlocks it.
  • Aim low. Aim the fire extinguisher at the fire’s base.
  • Slowly and evenly pull the lever.
  • Sweep the nozzle back and forth.

More Ways to Use a Fire Extinguisher

  • For the home, choose an extinguisher that can be used on all kinds of fires and is big enough to put out a small fire but not so heavy that it’s hard to use.
  • Choose a fire extinguisher with a label from a testing lab that is not affiliated with the manufacturer.
  • Before a fire starts, please read the instructions for the fire extinguisher, and get to know its parts and how they work. Local fire departments or places that sell fire equipment often offer hands-on training on using fire extinguishers.
  • Install fire extinguishers near an exit, and when you use one, stand with your back to the door so you can get out quickly if the fire can’t be put out. If the room starts to fill with smoke, get out right away.