Fires can start anytime and anywhere and it would be beneficial that you learn how to extinguish small fires. Training your staff at the company and your family members at home can make a huge difference between life and death. A small fire can turn into a blaze if not contained in time.
Nowadays Fire extinguishers are omnipresent however; there are various type of extinguishers to fight the different classes of fires. You can read about that here.
How To Operate A Fire Extinguisher
Here are 3 simple steps to learn how to operate a fire extinguisher
1] Pull and release the safety pin on the extinguisher
2] Aim the fire nozzle at the base of the fire. A simple thumb rule – aim for the root of the problem
3] Squeeze the nozzle and try to cover the entire region that is on fire.
Take these precautions when you fight a fire. These precautions will help you to protect yourself if the situation turns bad. You can call Catsstrong LLC for an audit of your fire safety we provide estimates and we also handle the insurance.
- Primarily, chalk out an escape route and fight the fire from the angle that allows you a safe exit.
- Exit the premises in the event that the fire starts to spread or if smoke engulfs the area.
- It would be wiser to take necessary precautions while fighting the fire. Your primary motive should be to exit the property rather than trying to extinguish an out of control fire.
- Try to locate the root cause of the fire. Let us take the possible scenario. A short circuit might have started the fire however, try to find out what is stoking the fire. Unless you locate this, you might not be able to extinguish the fire and it would be safe to chalk out an exit route and extinguish or spray in anticipation that a fire might engulf it.
- Do not risk your safety, if smoke engulfs the area and you find it difficult to breathe. Cover your mouth and nose with a kerchief or a piece of cloth. Inhalation of smoke can cause coughing and shortness of breath. Hence, try to avoid it.
- It is not being greedy but ensuring your safety first makes sense. You will be able to help others better if you know you are safe.
- Keep blankets handy and cover yourself with it as you exit. They shall protect your skin against burns and protect your clothes from catching fire.
- Practice evacuation routes and learn to put out fires on your clothes by either rolling on the ground or with the help of a blanket or a thick piece of cloth.
- Do not open windows and doors in the event of a fire, as a flow of fresh air will bring in more oxygen, which will stoke the fire. You should open the doors and windows only in the event of a gas leak and if no fire has started.
Call us to audit your workplace or home to try to rule out chances of a fire. Get in touch by calling (512) 879-6118 and let out technicians check if your extinguisher is in proper shape. Don’t procras`tinate and contact us immediately. Prevention is better than cure.