Do you own a Fire Extinguisher? Do you know how to use it?
Hopefully you will never be in a situation where you will need it, but it is important to understand the proper techniques for fire extinguisher use in order to keep your home safe and be able to respond in case of emergency.
With the holidays in full swing, it is important to be aware of your surrounds and keeping an eye out on candles, gas logs, cooking elements and overloaded outlets.
Extension cords should not be connected to another extension cord. When decorating this year, it is important to distribute the outlet usage and not plug too many items in one.
Everyone loves to burn candles while entertaining guest or family or friends just some tips to remember this year Make sure you never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
With candles also remember children and pet, always keep them out of reach and remember to trim candlewicks each time before burning recommend ¼ inch
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
- Pull– Pull the pin from the top of the fire extinguisher near the handle. This pin is in place to prevent the handle from being depressed when the extinguisher is not in use. You should also immediately test the extinguisher after this to ensure that it works and get an idea of how far the stream goes.
- Aim – Approach the fire while remaining safely as far as way as the extinguisher’s stream will allow you to and aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze- Squeeze the handles of the extinguisher together to begin discharging the extinguishing agent.
- Sweep – Sweep the nozzle side to side as you approach closer to the fire making sure that the extinguishing agent is consistently aimed at the base of the flames.
Check your Fire Extinguisher frequently to make sure it's in proper working order because most fire extinguishers do not come with an expiration date.
SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, & Northern Neck want you to be prepared and know the importance of fire safety! If something happens and your need our help, we are a phone call away. 804-966-1400!