There are many different kinds of fire extinguishers available for purchase and selecting the proper one for your specific safety needs can sometimes be a difficult task. G.P. Fire Extinguisher & Safety Ltd. offers a variety of extinguishers for a variety of safety needs, including the following:
PASS the Fire Extinguisher (How to Use a Fire Extinguisher)
Once you’ve selected and purchased a fire extinguisher for your specific safety needs, it’s imperative that you read your extinguisher’s instructions and familiarize yourself with its operating parts. Be sure you take the proper amount of time to read and understand its operational instructions before ever being presented with an emergency situation in which it may be too late for you to do so.
Although it’s true that there are many types of extinguishers on the market, many of them can be operated using a similar method. If you’re still unsure about your extinguisher’s operation after looking over its instructions, many local fire departments offer hands-on training for properly operating a fire extinguisher.
To help you remember how to operate a fire extinguisher, always remember the commonly-used acronym PASS, which was conceived by fire safety officials many years ago:
Pull the pin at the extinguisher’s top, which should release the extinguisher’s locking mechanism. This allows you to discharge the fire extinguisher.
Aim the extinguisher at the fire’s base, not its flames. In order to stop a fire, you must first extinguish its fuel.
Squeeze the extinguisher’s level slowly to release the extinguishing agent. When you release the handle, it stops the extinguisher’s discharge.
Sweep the extinguisher in a side-to-side motion until the fire is completely out. Please remember to operate the extinguisher at a safe distance away from the fire – usually several feet but it depends upon the specific type of extinguisher you are operating, be sure to check the instructions carefully – and don’t move closer to the fire until it starts to diminish. You may have to recharge your extinguisher after use. Important: Don’t walk away once the fire is out – watch it closely for at least a few minutes to make sure the fire doesn’t reignite.