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4 Steps To Effectively Use a Fire Extinguisher

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

Follow these steps for using a fire extinguisher

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Handling a kitchen fire in Burlington, KY can be a challenge, but it's nothing you can't handle with a little training. Stay calm and follow these steps for using a fire extinguisher as directed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

1. Pull the Pin
Pull the pin from the extinguisher immediately before use. Do not remove the pin in advance of any fires or you risk accidentally spraying the contents should you knock the canister over or move it for any reason. Pulling the pin will also break the tamper seal.

2. Aim the Fire Extinguisher
Aim the nozzle or hose at the point where the flames originate (at the base of the fire). Do not aim at the middle or top of the flames, as this will not properly extinguish the fire. Be careful not to touch the discharge nozzle or hose as the carbon dioxide is extremely cold and can damage your skin.

3. Squeeze the Handle
Squeeze the handle firmly to release the fire-stopping chemicals from the canister. Maintain firm, even pressure, and do not pump the handle in bursts like a gun trigger. Remember to keep your skin away from the cold chemicals being released.

4. Sweep the Area
Sweep the nozzle from side to side, maintaining aim at the base of the fire. Continue to spray in this manner until the fire appears to be out. At that point, release the handle and observe the area. If the fire re-ignites or if smoke increases in volume, repeat steps two through four.

If the fire continues to grow even as you attempt to extinguish it (and especially if it begins to intensify after the fire extinguisher has been emptied), vacate the property immediately and call the fire department for assistance. Once the smoke clears, you can begin a claim with your insurer and start working with a fire restoration company.
Stay calm and follow these steps to extinguish the fire quickly and minimize fire damage.

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