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How To Use a Fire Extinguisher

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

graphic on how to use the P.A.S.S method in a fire extinguisher Using the P.A.S.S. acronym can help you remember how to operate an extinguisher in a hurry

Time is of the essence when a fire breaks out. It is essential that all employees and staff are trained on how to properly operate a fire extinguisher. Swift use of fire extinguishers can stop a fire early on before it develops into something more serious and causes significant damage.

Choose the Right Type of Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are often specifically designed for certain types of fires. Here are a few of the most common types that you may want in your building:


Water (Class A) – Works with common combustibles such as paper, wood, cloth and many plastics.


Carbon Dioxide (Class B) – Works on flammable liquids like oil, gasoline, lacquer or paint.


Dry Chemical (Class C) – Works on any type of electrical fire.


Dry Powder (Class D) – For fires caused by combustible metals like magnesium, titanium or sodium.


Wet Chemical (Class K) – Use in the event of a kitchen fire involving burning oils or fats.


Multi-Purpose – Halogenated or clean agent extinguishers are suitable for Class A, B or C fires.


It is very important to choose the right type of extinguisher. Spraying the incorrect kind may make the fire worse, so be sure that you and your employees are well-educated on the uses of each type of fire extinguisher.

Follow the P.A.S.S. Method

Using the P.A.S.S. acronym can help you remember how to operate an extinguisher in a hurry.

  1. Pull - Pull the pin off the top of the extinguisher.
  2. Aim - Aim the nozzle low, pointing it toward the bottom of the fire.
  3. Squeeze - Squeezing the handle releases a steady stream of the extinguishing substance.
  4. Sweep - Sweep the nozzle back and forth near the bottom of the fire.

Always ensure the fire is completely out before you walk away from the area. If the fire seems beyond your ability to extinguish, evacuate the building immediately.
Never be afraid to evacuate if a fire gets out of control. Even if the building incurs fire damage, repairs are possible. Trained fire restoration specialists in South Laguna Beach, CA, are always Here to Help by restoring your property to top condition.

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