How to Use a Fire Extinguisher?

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

The most serious emergency for any residential or commercial building is a fire, which is something that people need to plan for at all times. Fire extinguishers are precious tools for offices and homeowners alike when it comes to fighting fires. It can help you to quickly put out a fire and keep evacuation pathways and important equipment from getting destroyed. To ensure that your extinguishers will work when needed, regular fire extinguisher inspections are important.

Components of Fire

A fire can be broken down into 3 components. These are:

  • Fuel
  • Heat
  • Oxygen

The purpose of fighting a fire is to remove these things. When a fire doesn’t have one of these essential elements, it will die out. However, different things can act as a source of fuel, so this is the reason why fire extinguishers are made in various types, as listed below:

Type A: Combustible material, such as paper, cloth, and wood.

Type B: Flammable liquid fires.

Type C: Fires caused by combustible gases.

Type D: Metal fire, especially when they are in shavings or chippings form.

Type E: Electrical fires.

Type F: Cooking, especially fat or grease.

Once you have determined the fire type, take a look at the extinguishers that you have. If the extinguisher type you are looking for is not available, it would be best to leave the area and call emergency services for help.  If you are not sure whether you have the right fire extinguishers on hand, or you need fire extinguisher inspections, contact APNA Fire & Electrical Services Ltd for the best fire protection services.

What Is The PASS Method?

Employers must ensure that their staff gets fire extinguisher training and the know-how to assess a situation to decide if evacuation is the safest alternative. Moreover, business owners need to make sure that their employees go through training related to operating fire extinguishers.

PASS is a fire extinguisher training method that anyone can learn. PASS is an abbreviation for:

  1. Pulling the fire extinguisher pin
  2. Aiming the nozzle low
  3. Squeezing the grip which releases the extinguishing agent
  4. Sweeping the nozzle from one side to the next until the flames have been extinguished by the extinguishing agent.

The fire extinguisher is the best safety tool in a commercial or residential building that any person can handle. The PASS method makes the use of an extinguisher easy. However, regardless of where you are working, you need to be sure that the fire extinguishers will work properly. This is why keeping up with your fire equipment inspections is important. At APNA Fire and Electrical, our team designs, installs, maintains, and inspects the fire safety systems and equipment for all types of properties. Contact us for more detailed information.


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