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Used properly, a portable fire
extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire
or containing it until the fire department arrives. Portable extinguishers for home use, however, are not designed to
fight large or spreading fires. Even against small fires, they
are useful only under certain conditions.
The operator must know how to use the
The extinguisher must be the right type, within easy
reach, in working order, and fully charged.
The operator must have a clear escape route
that will not be blocked by fire.
The extinguisher must be large enough to
put out the fire. Most portable extinguishers discharge
completely in a few as 8 to 10 seconds.
There are three basic classes of fires. All fire extinguishers are
labeled using standard symbols for the classes of fires they can put
out. A slash through any of the symbols tells you the extinguisher
cannot be used on that class of fire. A missing symbol tells you that
the extinguisher has not been tested for a given class of fire.
A FIREOrdinary combustibles such as wood, cloth, and paper
liquids such as gasoline, oil, and oil-based paint.
electrical equipment, including wiring, fuse boxes, circuit
breakers, machinery, and appliances.
The extinguisher you choose must be appropriate for the type of fire being
fought. Multipurpose fire extinguishers, labeled ABC, may be
used on all 3 classes of fire. Using the wrong type of
extinguisher could endanger your safety and make the fire worse; for
example, an extinguisher used to put out a grease fire on the stove could spread
the fire outside of the frying pan rather than putting it out.
Portable extinguishers are
also rated for the size of fire they can handle. This rating will
appear on the label -- for example, 2A:10B:C. The larger the
numbers, the larger the fire that the extinguisher can put out. Keep
in mind that higher-rated models are often heavier. It is most
important that you be able to properly hold and
operate the extinguisher.
Extinguishers should be
installed in plain view, above the reach of children, near an escape
route, and away from stoves and heating appliances. Extinguishers require routine care; read your operator's manual to
learn how to inspect your extinguisher. Follow manufacturer's
instructions for maintenance. Rechargeable models must be serviced after every use. (Service
companies are listed in the Yellow Pages under "Fire
Extinguishers.") Disposable fire extinguishers can be used only once
and must be replaced after use.
Remember the PASS-word
Keep your back to an
unobstructed exit and stand 6 to 8 feet away from the fire.
Follow the four-step Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep (PASS) procedure.
PULL THE PIN: This unlocks the operating lever and allows you
to discharge the extinguisher. Some extinguishers may have other
lever-release mechanismsAIM LOW: Point the extinguisher nozzle (or hose) at the base of
the fire. SQUEEZE: The lever above the handle: This discharges
the extinguishing agent. Releasing the lever will stop the
discharge. (Some extinguishers have a button instead of a lever.)
SWEEP: From side to side: Moving carefully toward the fire,
keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep back and
forth until the flames appear to be out. Watch the fire area.
If the fire re-ignites, repeat the process.Always be sure the fire department inspects the fire site, even if you
think you've extinguished the fire.
begin to fight a fire, make sure that:
Everyone has left, or is leaving the
department has been called;
The fire is confined to a small area and is not spreading.
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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