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Get to Know Your Fire Extinguisher

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher with instructions on how to use it A friendly reminder to remember the P.A.S.S. acronym to help you remember how to use a fire extinguisher!

Take a minute and see if you can answer the following 3 questions about your fire extinguisher:

  1. Where are the fire extinguishers located in your home or business?
  2. How do you operate one in case of an emergency?
  3. What type of fire extinguisher(s) are they?

If it took you more than a few seconds to think of an answer to any of those questions, you will want to brush up on your fire extinguisher knowledge! A fire can consumer a building or home in a matter of minutes and the faster you can create a plan, and react calmly, the better.

Fire Extinguisher Location

Although we can’t help you with where the fire extinguishers are in your home now, we recommend having one on each level of your home or business, especially in rooms where fires are more likely to occur, such as kitchens and garages. They should never be covered or surrounded and always easily accessible.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

All you need to do is remember the acronym P.A.S.S:

Pull the pin

Aim the Nozzle or hose at the base of the fire from the recommended distance

Squeeze the operating lever to discharge the fire extinguishing agent

Sweep the nozzle or hose from side to side until the fire is out

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Water and Foam: Takes away the element of heat. Foam agents also separate the oxygen from the other elements.

  • Water Extinguishers are for Class A only – they should not be used on Class B or C fires. The discharge steam could spread the flammable liquid in a Class B fire or could create a shock hazard on a Class C fire.

Carbon Dioxide: Take away the oxygen element and remove the heat with a very cold discharge.

  • Carbon dioxide can be used on Class B & C fires. They are usually ineffective on Class A fires.

Dry Chemical: Extinguish the fire primarily by interrupting the chemical reaction of the fire.

  • The most used type of fire extinguisher is the multipurpose dry chemical because it is effective on Class A, B and C fires. This agent also works by creating a barrier between the oxygen and fuel element on Class A.

Wet Chemical:  A new agent that extinguishes the fire by removing the heat and prevents re-ignition by creating a barrier between the oxygen and fuel.

  • Wet chemical extinguishers or Class K extinguishers were designed for modern, high efficiency deep fat fryers in commercial cooking operations.

Dry Powder: Like dry chemical except they extinguish the fire by separating the fuel from the oxygen element or by removing the heat element.

  • Dry Powder extinguishers are for Class D or combustible metals fires only

If your home or business has suffered fire damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! If you need help cleaning up or restoring your personal belongings, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is the right choice. We are fire and water restoration experts and can have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”

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