Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fire Extinguisher Facts That May Save Your Life

Fire extinguishers are a common sight around every corner of both residential and commercial buildings, so much so that they tend to blend in with their surroundings. In theory, these devices seem like a relatively simple tool that is used to put out small fires. But in a time of crisis, knowing how to use these tools most effectively may just save your life. Here are 5 fire extinguisher facts that can help you during a fire-related emergency:

1.  There Are Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

Not all fire extinguishers are designed to tackle every fire. There are different types of fires, and the type of fire extinguisher that should be installed in an area depends greatly on the types of fires that are most likely to experience.

Fire extinguishers should be labeled to show what type of fire and materials a fire extinguisher should be used on, including:

  • Flammable liquids
  • Wood
  • Cloth
  • Electrical/computer fires
  • Metal sources

If the wrong type of extinguisher is used on a fire, there is the potential that the extinguisher use could make the fire worse.

2.  Remember P.A.S.S. to Successfully Use an Extinguisher

P.A.S.S. is an acronym designed to help people remember the steps to successfully use a fire extinguisher: pull, aim, squeeze, sweep. These steps are:

  1. Pull the pin out from the top of the fire extinguisher.
  2. Aim the hose nozzle at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the handle on the extinguisher.
  4. Sweep the nozzle of the extinguisher back and forth at the base of the fire to fully extinguish it.

3.  Fire Extinguishers Must Be Inspected Regularly

It’s crucial that the fire extinguishers in your home or commercial space are regularly inspected, as these inspections determine whether or not the extinguisher will work when you need it most.

A trained fire safety professional will let you know if your extinguisher is in need of repair, maintenance, or replacement.

4.  Consider Users of the Fire Extinguisher

Before you decide to install a specific type of extinguisher within your building, consider who will be most likely to use the extinguisher. If a fire extinguisher is too heavy, only a very small percentage of people will actually be able to use it effectively.

5.  Fire Extinguishers Need to Be Accessible

On top of considering who will use the extinguisher, make sure that the fire extinguisher itself is accessible at all times. An accessible extinguisher is one that is easy to locate and reach. Ensure that the location of the extinguisher is labeled and noted in multiple places, such as on the wall and in your fire safety plan.

Whether you’re looking to purchase a new fire extinguisher, or want to replace your existing tool, use these tips and professional advice to find the perfect extinguisher for your unique situation.

For all of your fire safety needs in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, and Saskatoon count on the professionals on Bison Fire Protection. Contact us for your fire protection solutions and services today.

Posted by Rob Read at 9:10 AM


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