How to Use Fire Extinguisher?

Kishan Thakkar K

When it comes to fire safety, make sure your house or office has the fire extinguisher available for small or containable fires. If a fire burns seriously, you could be in serious danger. 

The first priority, of course, should be to evacuate your home or office as soon as possible, and to wait for firefighters outside if the fire is serious.

Types of Fire Extinguisher

Class A Ordinary solid combustibles like wood, cloth, and paper products.

Class B Flammable liquids and gases.

Class C Electrical fires. (Do not use water to put out this kind of fire you could get electrocuted!)

Class D Flammable metals.

Class K Oils and grease fires. (Never use water on a grease fire it will cause the flames to explode and spread.)

Here’s How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Pull: Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.

Aim: Aim low, Point the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire. Do not touch the horn on a CO2 extinguisher, it gets very cold and can cause skin damage.

Squeeze: Release the extinguishing agent by squeezing the handle.

Sweep: To put out a fire, sweep from side to side at the base of the fire, the fuel source.

The person who is likely to use the firefighting equipment should be properly trained on how to use it and the basic fire-fighting techniques. Using the right type of extinguisher is also crucial.

For homes and public spaces, most fire extinguishers are Class ABC extinguishers, which can put out wood and paper fires, flammable liquid fires, and electrical fires.

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