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Using a Home Fire Extinguisher

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

Person holding a fire extinguisher and pointing to computer Safety is of the utmost importance in a fire scenario.

Usage Of a Fire Extinguisher

Anywhere an open flame or heating element appears, there is a risk of fire. Protect your family and property in Northfield, NJ, by familiarizing yourself with the usage of a fire extinguisher.

1. Locating and Readying

Ensure that anyone in the home knows the location of all fire suppresffsion devices and can reach them in case of a fire. Remember that there are multiple types of extinguishers for different types of fire, such as oil, wood or electrical. Most extinguishers will have a tamper ring or other seal in addition to the pin. Both must be removed into order for the handle to function.

2. Technique

Firmly grasping the hose, aim directly at the flaming material and squeeze the trigger mechanism in the handle. Perform a side-to-side sweeping motion and cover the entire surface, aiming at a low angle. Do not stand too close to the fire. Units filled with pressurized water are some of the most common and effective, but they cannot be used on electrical or grease fires. Using the wrong fire extinguisher type at this stage can cause additional fire damage.

3. Know the Limits

If the fire cannot be suppressed in a reasonable amount of time and has begun to spread to other surfaces, you must contact emergency personnel. Have the phone number of your local fire department ready. For example, an oil kitchen fire that cannot be contained by a B-type carbon dioxide extinguisher and has risen to the walls or ceiling materials should be abandoned. At this stage, you should evacuate the home.

Safety is of the utmost importance in a fire scenario. If your fire extinguisher is insufficient to eliminate the fire and your home has suffered damage, it may be prudent to contact a qualified fire restoration service to bring your home back to its original condition.

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