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Introduction

Fire Triangle

Fire Triangle

Fuel Classifications

Fuel Classifications

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Rules for Fighting Fires

Rules for Fighting Fires

How to Use an Extinguisher

How to Use an Extinguisher

Quiz

Quiz

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How To Use a Fire Extinguisher

PASS = Pull, Aim, Squeeze & Sweep with a Fire Extinguisher It's easy to remember how to use a fire extinguisher if you can remember the acronym PASS, which stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep.

first, PULL the Pin

Pull the pin.
This will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.

then, AIM at the base of the fire

Aim at the base of the fire.
If you aim at the flames (which is frequently the temptation), the extinguishing agent will fly right through and do no good. You want to hit the fuel.

then, SQUEEZE the handle or lever

Squeeze the top handle or lever.
This depresses a button that releases the pressurized extinguishing agent in the extinguisher.

then, SWEEP from side-to-side

Sweep from side to side
until the fire is completely out. Start using the extinguisher from a safe distance away, then move forward. Once the fire is out, keep an eye on the area in case it re-ignites.

Theory is great, but there is no substitute for hands-on experience. If you would like to practice using a fire extinguisher (or set up a class to do so), please contact Greg Hogan at X7241.

To complete the Fire Extinguisher Training Module, please take the Quiz.

For links to more information on fire extinguishers, see the Online Safety Library.


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