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How to use a Fire Extinguisher

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings. With many of the extinguishers available there are not enough training on how to use them. Many people are afraid that they will use it incorrectly and make the problem worse.

Taking the time to practice is always the best method to help employees feel comfortable with using a fire extinguisher in the case of a fire. However, remember that OSHA standards that an employer cannot task an employee to use the extinguisher during a fire.

A simple fire extinguisher training technique to use with employees is the PASS method:

  1. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  2. Aim the hose nozzle low toward the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  4. Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the flames until extinguished.

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