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Using Fire Extinguishers


DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR FIRE EXTINGUISHER?

  1. Have someone sound the fire alarm and contact the fire department before you attempt to fight a fire.
  2. Do not attempt to fight a fire wider than four feet and higher than three feet. Portable fire extinguishers are not designed to fight large fires or fires that spread quickly. In fact, some fire extinguishers discharge all of their contents in as little as eight seconds.
  3. If you commit to fighting the fire, pull the safety pin on the extinguisher's nozzle. It's held in place by a thin plastic strap to prevent accidental discharge. Pull and twist the pin and the strap will easily break.
  4. Aim the extinguisher's nozzle at the base of the fire, not at the flames, and squeeze the operating handle. Use a sweeping side-to-side motion to discharge the contents.
  5. Always have a clear escape path to your back while attempting to extinguish a fire and, if possible, have someone there to guide you.
  6. Continue discharging the extinguisher's contents until the fire is completely out. Watch carefully for a minute or two for any possible flare-ups. If your efforts fail, close the doors as you leave and get out of the building.

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