Archive for April 18, 2011

Operating a Fire Extinguisher

So you’ve got the right type of fire extinguishers, and you’ve put them in easily accessible places. Great work – but you’re not done yet! All employees should know how to operate a fire extinguisher, as well. Every Amerex Fire Extinguisher comes with an Owners’ Manual with detailed instructions on use, installation and maintenance. While specific operating instructions may vary slightly depending on the model, Amerex Fire Extinguishers are easy to use. Just remember the acronym PASS.

Operating a Fire Extinguisher – P.A.S.S.

P – Pull out the safety pin
A – Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire
S – Squeeze the handle
S – Sweep from side to side, until all flames are extinguished

Additional Information:

Fire extinguishers should be kept clean and inspected at regular intervals to ensure maximum functionality. Contact your local fire department as soon as a fire is detected. Always hold fire extinguisher upright to guarantee a constant stream. When activating the fire extinguisher, users should stand 8-10 feet away from the flame to reduce the risk of scattering burning materials. Some extinguishers can remove oxygen from the atmosphere, so use caution in confined spaces. If the extinguisher empties before the fire is completely extinguished, evacuate the area, and wait for the fire department.