Oct 7, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

You are probably familiar with the fire extinguisher, but do you know how to use one?

You should always have a Class A fire extinguisher at home and at your place of work. Class A is used for the most common type of fires – wood, paper, fabrics, plastics, cardboard, rubber, etc.

And, knowing how to use one is very important, since accidents do happen.

Simply remember the PASSword:

P: Pull the pin. This will break the seal so you may use the extinguisher.

A: Aim it at the base of the fire. If you aim at the flames, it will go right through the fire.

S: Squeeze the top handle or lever. This depresses a button that releases the pressurized extinguishing agent in the extinguisher.

S: Sweep from side to side. Start from a safe distance away from the fire, then move forward, and continue to spray until the fire is completely out.