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Accidents take place. Be prepared to combat your very own fire by discovering how to use a fire extinguisher.
Action 1: Know how fire extinguishers are categorized
Know how fire extinguishers are categorized. Class A extinguishers are for typical combustibles like paper or wood; Class B are for combustible liquids; and Class C are for electrical fires.
The Red Cross suggests ABC categorized fire extinguishers for house usage.
Step 2: Examine the fire extinguisher
Check the fire extinguisher prior to usage. Check out guidelines and warnings; check that the pressure gauge needle is in the green portion of the gauge; and check for a clogged nozzle, a broken seal, or other damage.
A fire extinguisher will not work if it's not appropriately charged. The pressure gauge measures the charge.
Action 3: Decide if you'll leave or remain and fight
Choose if you'll evacuate or remain and fight the fire. Think about the size of the fire, the amount of smoke in the room, and whether there is a reputable escape path.
Step 4: Remember the acronym PASS
Keep in mind the acronym PASS. It represents Pull, Goal, Capture, and Sweep.
Step 5: Pull the pin that unlocks the operating deal with
Pull the pin or ring that unlocks the fire extinguisher's operating deal with, and intend the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
Target at the fire from 6 to 8 feet away.
Step 6: Squeeze extinguisher lever to discharge contents
Squeeze the extinguisher lever to release its contents, and sweep the tube back and forth up until the extinguisher is empty.
Did You Know?
Food Network star Alton Brown used a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher, a water cooler bottle, and a tennis racket to make a fruit smoothie on television.