31 Mar HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER
So you have a fire extinguisher installed at your home or workplace but do you know how to use it?
Its simple, remember P.A.S.S
Pull the Pin at the top of the extinguisher. This will then release the pin from the locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not the top on the flames. To put out the fire, you must extinguish the base of the fire or where the fuel is.
Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop. You have total control of the extinguisher, if you stop squeezing the lever the extinguisher will stop.
Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the nozzle of the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish. Be sure to read the instructions on your fire extinguisher – different fire extinguishers recommend operating them from different distances.
Always remember to grab a spare extinguisher as back up (2 is always better than 1) and call “000” right away.
Did you know? Portable Fire Extinguishers are designed for first attack fire fighting (Small fires). Always have an escape plan ready to go, don’t try to be a hero. If you see someone using an extinguisher have someone call “000” for the NSWFB – if possible locate and prepare the second extinguisher for use. Once extinguishers have been used please call us and we can have them replaced OR refilled. Fire safety certification is important so lets all do our bit to ensure we comply!