Choosing the Proper Fire Extinguisher for Your Needs
Did you know…?
A fire extinguishers is one of the most commonly supplies used for fire protection. These represents a first line of defense to extinguish a fire, stopping higher cost damages. However these devices are often ignored and not being replaced properly.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends individuals are properly trained in order to use and maintain an extinguisher. USFA says an extinguisher should only be used if:
- You have alerted other occupants and someone has called the fire department;
- The fire is small and contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket;
- You are safe from the toxic smoke produced by the fire;
- You have a means of escape identified and the fire is not between you and the escape route; and
- Your instincts tell you that it is safe to use an extinguisher.
Information provided by U.S. Fire Administration*
Do you know how to recognize the Classes of Extinguishers?
Evert fire scenario is different, and so do the extinguishers, learn about the different classes of extinguishers and where to use it accordingly with the type of fire to extinguish:
Class A: For use with fires relating to ordinary combustible like plastics and others materials such as cloth, wood, rubber and paper.
Class B: Used on fires concerning flammable liquids, such as oil, grease, gasoline, among others.
Class C: Suitable for use on fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.
Class D: For use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.
Class K: For use on fires involving vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens but are becoming more popular in the residential market.
Keeping in mind the different types of extinguishers, make it easy to use it. However at the moment of using it, try to remember the acronym PASS, as it will give you the key to overcome the issue such as: Pull the safety pin - Aim the extinguisher at the source of the flame - Squeeze the handle or the trigger - Sweep the extinguisher until the fire goes out.
Devices can be a key component towards keeping you safe during a fire emergency situation. When Fire Emergency arise call SERVPRO of Martin County. We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists with the training and experience ready to assist you with the restoration process.
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