According to OSHA, the most common emergency small businesses must plan for is a fire. Fire extinguishers can be invaluable tools to help fight smaller fires in the workplace or to protect evacuation routes in the event of a larger one so we have to know how to use Fire Extinguisher.
How to use Fire Extinguisher?
Remember The PASS Word
Stand 8 to 10 feet away from the fire and follow the four-step PASS procedure.
P – PULL the pin out: This unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the extinguisher. Some extinguishers have other devices that prevent inadvertent operation.
A – AIM low: Point the extinguisher nozzle (or hose) at the base of the fire.
S – SQUEEZE the lever below the handle: This discharges the extinguishing agent. Releasing the lever will stop the discharge. Some extinguishers have a button that you press.
S – SWEEP from side to side: Moving carefully toward the fire, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth until the flames appear to be out. Watch the fire area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat the process.
Inspection procedure :
1. Ensure easy access.
Make sure the extinguisher is in its proper spot, visible and easy to access.
2. Check the seals
Look over the tamper seal and safety seal to make sure they are intact.
3. Check the pressure.
fire extinguishers have a pressure gauge that indicates whether the device is in the proper operating range. check to make sure that the gauge’s needle indicates proper pressure. If the fire extinguisher has a test indicator, press it to make sure the pressure reading is within the correct range.
4. Look for physical damage.
Visible signs of damage, such as corrosion, leakage or a clogged nozzle, may mean it’s time to replace the extinguisher.
For classification check out our article: Classes of Fire & Fire Extinguisher