Fire Extinguishers may be used as an effective means of extinguishing infant fires. Fire extinguishers are NOT intended for fighting established fires. A common 5lb. 2A 10BC extinguisher may last as little as 10 seconds.
Listed below are some tips for the use and placement of fire extinguishers in your home or business:
· Before attempting to put out a small fire, first alert occupants. Sound the alarm!
· Placement Tips:
o Make sure the extinguisher is within easy reach.
o Do not block extinguishers with boxes, furniture, etc. When needed speed matters!
o Make sure they are marked and highly visible.
· If electricity is involved unplug the unit before you attempt to extinguish the fire.
· Learn how to use fire extinguishers before a need to use them occurs.
· If you are a business owner TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES.
· Ensure your extinguisher is properly rated for the situation.
o Class A: Works on solid burning material such as wood, paper, and cloth.
o Class B: Flammable liquids such as grease, gasoline and oil.
o Class C: Energized electrical fires. (Once unplugged it becomes a Class A fire) Class C fires include fire involving computers, breaker (fuse) boxes, and appliances.
o Class D: Extremely flammable metals such as Magnesium. These are generally found in specialized industry settings.
The acronym PASS can be used to remember proper procedures for utilizing a fire extinguisher:
– Pull the Pin
– Aim at the base of the fire
– Squeeze the handle or trigger
– Sweep the base (bottom) of the fire
Keep sweeping the bottom of the fire until the extinguisher is empty.