Commentary: The first line of defense against a small fire is often a portable fire extinguisher typically placed in halls, corridors, large rooms and kitchens in the work area. Understanding the basics of proper steps to take to extinguish a fire is essential. One should always remember that if a fire is noted to sound the alarm, have someone call 911, and evaluate the severity of the fire before taking action to put it out with a portable fire extinguisher. Dennis Hilton, For The Company Safety Council
General: Under some circumstances, employees may be called upon to fight small fires. If this is the case, there are special procedures to follow to ensure such situations are handled in the safest manner possible. Let’s take a few minutes and review some fire extinguisher basics.
1. What are two important things to know before using a fire extinguisher?
2. What then are the different classes of fire?
3. True or false? Using the wrong extinguisher may actually make a fire
The answer is true.
4. What is the “PASS” system of early-stage firefighting?
P: Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
A: Aim at the base of the fire.
S: Squeeze the handle.
S: Sweep at the fire, moving from side to side.
These are the most basic steps one should follow for using a fire extinguisher.
Summary: If a fire appears to be too much for you to handle, you should evacuate the site immediately and let emergency personnel take care of the situation. Never endanger yourself or others by trying to contain a fire emergency situation that has escalated.