Fire Extinguisher is a Life Safety Device
What you should know
Before attempting to use a fire extinguisher always raise the alarm to warn others and to get the fire department on the way. Remember fighting a fire can put your life in jeopardy never fight it alone always raise the alarm!
If in a building with a fire alarm, you must pull the fire alarm to warn others. If the building does not have a fire alarm call 911 or have someone do it for you before your attempt to fight the fire. Only attempt to fight small fires, about the size of a trash can is a good reference.
If you have had formal training on the use of a fire extinguisher you must remember it is a voluntary act in the work place please don’t feel you must fight the fire it’s better to evacuate if for any reason you are not comfortable.
If you fight a small fire in your home remember to warn all others in the house, have them leave the house and call 911 for you from a safe place. Use the extinguisher and leave the house immediately and wait for the fire department DO NOT RE-ENTER YOUR HOME let the fire department do their job. Fire can strike any time and can re-ignite even if you attempt to extinguish it!
Classifications of Fire
Know which extinguisher to use!
A class fires are normal every day combustible materials like wood, trash and paper, we can remind ourselves what an A class fire is if we remember things that make an “ash”. It is important to know that not all portable fire extinguishers can put out an A class fire. Water is acceptable on these types of fires.
B class fires are very dangerous they include flammable liquids and vapours. We can remind ourselves how to identify a class B fire is if we remember things that “bubble or boil.” It is important to know that not all portable fire extinguishers can put out a B class fire. Never use water on a burning liquid. Using water on a liquid fire can cause it to spread!!
C class fires involve anything that can operate with electricity. These are very dangerous and remind yourself how to identify it by remembering things that have “current.” It is important to know that not all portable fire extinguishers can put out a C class fire. NEVER USE WATER! Using water with this type of fire can cause electrocution or serious personal injury.
Remember the acronym, “P.A.S.S.”
P— Pull the Pin.
A— Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the flames.
S— Squeeze trigger while holding the extinguisher upright.
S— Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, covering the area of the fire with the extinguishing agent.