Tips & Tricks to Using a Fire Extinguisher Properly

In a previous post, you read all about the different ways you can suppress a small house fire. Obviously, using a fire extinguisher is one of the easiest, most effective ways to put one out.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Read Its Instructions

Keep in mind that this post is a general guide on how to use an extinguisher. There are different types, and you want to be certain that you utilize yours correctly. This is why you should read its instructions and become familiar with its parts, restrictions, and more.

Assess the Situation

If a fire has started, before you do anything else, you should assess the situation. If you feel uncertain, or don’t think you can handle it, evacuate your home and call an emergency team immediately. Keep in mind that a full extinguisher has enough product to last about 10 seconds.

Follow These Tips

If you are going to take on the fire on your own, be sure to follow these tips so you can put out the fire effectively:

  • Stand at a spot that’s near the flames, but where they won’t be able to get to you.

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  • Locate the fire extinguisher’s pin and pull it out so you’re able to press the lever.
  • Before you discharge, aim the hose at the base of the fire, not at the flames.
  • Gently press on the lever to cover the fire with the product in the extinguisher.
  • Move the hose from side to side to completely suffocate the fire.
  • After you’re done, wait for a few minutes to see if the fire starts back up again.

Deal with the Aftermath

Once you’ve successfully put out the fire, open up the windows to let the smoke out, and evaluate the damage done to your home. If needed, call a property restoration team. Likewise, remember to refill the fire extinguisher so it is functional in case another emergency happens.

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