Fire Extinguisher Maintenance…How Do I Use My Portable Extinguisher? By Mike Wehrer

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance…How Do I Use My Portable Extinguisher? By Mike Wehrer

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance…How Do I Use My Portable Extinguisher?

Fire extinguisher maintenance is crucial to ensure that the device is ready to use in case of a fire emergency. Here are some general guidelines for fire extinguisher maintenance and instructions on how to use one:

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance:

  1. Regular Inspections:
    • Check the pressure gauge: Ensure the pressure is in the recommended range.
    • Inspect the hoses and nozzles for any signs of damage, such as cracks or blockages.
    • Make sure the pin and tamper seal are intact.
  2. Location:
    • Keep fire extinguishers in easily accessible locations, near potential fire hazards.
    • Ensure they are mounted at the correct height, typically within reach.
  3. Visibility and Accessibility:
    • Make sure the fire extinguisher is visible and not obstructed by objects.
    • Ensure there is a clear path to reach the extinguisher quickly.
  4. Service and Maintenance:
    • Schedule professional inspections and maintenance at least once a year.
    • Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for any specific maintenance requirements.
  5. Training:
    • Train employees or household members on the proper use of fire extinguishers.
    • Conduct regular fire drills to practice emergency procedures.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher (using the PASS method):

  1. Pull:
    • Pull the pin from the extinguisher's handle. This will break the tamper seal.
  2. Aim:
    • Aim the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is where the fuel source is.
  3. Squeeze:
    • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent. Maintain a firm grip.
  4. Sweep:
    • Sweep the nozzle or hose from side to side, covering the base of the fire with the extinguishing agent. Continue until the fire is completely out.

Additional Tips:

  • Know the Types of Fires:
    • Different fire extinguishers are designed for different types of fires (Class A, B, C, D, or K). Make sure you have the right type for your environment.
  • Evacuation:
    • If the fire is not quickly controlled or if you are unsure about using the extinguisher, evacuate the area immediately and call emergency services.
  • Stay Low:
    • In case of a fire involving smoke, stay low to the ground where the air is clearer.

Remember, fire safety is a shared responsibility, and everyone should be familiar with fire prevention measures and how to respond in case of a fire emergency.

Colorado Safety Supply Company wants to see you safe and in compliance- so remind your team members often the basics of Fire Extinguisher Use.


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