How To Use A Fire Extinguisher

We all know what a fire extinguisher is, but when push comes to shove, would you know how to put out a fire with one?

According to FETA (Fire Extinguishing Trades Association), fire extinguishers put out approximately 80% of fires. That’s no small achievement! So it’s well worth learning how to operate them now, rather than during a fire.

There are only four main steps involved with correctly using a fire extinguisher, and thanks to Fire NSW, these steps have been condensed into a convenient acronym, PASS.

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Pull (Pin)

To prepare a fire extinguisher for use, you will first have to remove the safety pin, located at the top of the device. The pin stops the handle from being pressed, so you don’t accidentally use the extinguisher. Once the pin has been removed, give the device a quick test spray to ensure it is operational, and to get a gauge for the extinguisher’s range.

Aim

Standing at a safe distance, aim the extinguisher towards the base of the fire, because this is where the flame’s fuel is.

Squeeze

Squeeze the handles together to operate the extinguisher. If the discharge from the device is not hitting the base of the flame, correct your aim.

Sweep

Make a sweeping motion with the nozzle of the extinguisher to ensure the entirety of the the flame’s base is being covered by the extinguishing agent. If you’re attempting to put out a Class A fire, once the flame has been extinguished, probe the remains for smouldering that could reignite the fire and spray them once more.

When extinguishing a fire, it is recommended that you do so in pairs (provided there are people available to help.)

It is important to familiarise yourself with the location of the fire extinguishers in your home, and in your workplace, so you don’t lose precious seconds searching for the device in the event of a fire.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

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