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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? In order to help prevent a fire from spreading larger, it is important to know how to use it.

There is a simple acronym that may help you remember...PASS. This stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep. Now, for a breakdown:

Pull the pin: this depends on your specific model. Some have a locking pin on the handle/lever, while other models may even have a button.

Aim low: direct the hose nozzle at the base of the fire. Aiming at the flames is ineffective.

Squeeze the lever: squeeze the lever above the handle to discharge the extinguishing agent. Depending on your model, this may also be a button.

Sweep the nozzle: sweep the hose from side to side at the base of the fire. Repeat sweeping from side to side until the fire is completely out.

Once the fire is out and the situation has been assessed from your Fire Marshall, give SERVPRO® of South Madison County a call to begin the fire remediation process. 256-533-5335.

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