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Know How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher to Protect Your Springfield Home or Business from Fire Damage

12/3/2015 (Permalink)

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Everyone knows what a fire extinguisher looks like, but when it comes to operating one, do you know how to use it in case of an emergency? In the moment a fire occurs, our ability to stay calm and think rationally isn’t always there. It’s very important to know how to use a fire extinguisher ahead of time so that we know what to in that situation. There most likely won’t be time to read the label once you realize the fire has started. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the best way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is by remembering the word PASS.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher:

Pull the pin. Hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance:

According to fire-exinguisher101.com, fire extinguishers should be inspected once a month. When doing this, make sure that the extinguisher is always in a convenient location to grab and is not blocked by anything, in case of an emergency. Check the pressure of the extinguisher at its gauge to make sure that the pressure is within the recommended level. Make sure the nozzle and other parts of the extinguisher have not been tampered with and that the pin is intact. Check for dents, leaks, rust and other signs of abuse/wear. Always make sure to recharge extinguishers after each use regardless of how much they were used.

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