Fire Extinguisher Awareness
A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but they do have their limits. Never underestimate a fire and how quickly it will grow and spread, make getting out safely your #1 priority.
A portable fire extinguisher should only be used when the fire is contained in a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
- Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
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