How to use a fire extinguisher:
A fire extinguisher is a red pressurised container which is recognisable in most commercial buildings and even some houses. It is one of the most effective tools for controlling the fire in the early stages.
However, it is important that you know exactly how to use a fire extinguisher. It is not enough just to have one around, because if the fire does break out, you may not even know how to use it and could put yourself in danger by trying to operate it.
In some offices around the UK, a specific employee will be trained to know how to use a fire extinguisher. This is part of fire safety precautions which many companies need to adhere by. Using a fire extinguisher is easy, if you follow the steps;
The first thing you should do is put the safety pin on top of the fire extinguisher. The pin acts as a lock on the fire extinguisher, so it is important to remember to carry out this step.
The next thing that you should do is point the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the burning flame. Don’t point it at the flames because the fire extinguisher will not be able to control the flames at this angle. If you point the fire extinguisher at the base, around about 8 feet away from the flame, you have optimum chances of controlling the fire.
The third step is to squeeze gently on the lever which will release the pressure from the fire extinguisher. The chemicals will be released and put inside the fire, but do not squeeze it too hard as it might be difficult to control the pressure of the instrument.
The last thing you should do is sweep the nozzle of the extinguisher from side to side so that you can put out the flames. Make sure that it is directed at the base of the fire and try to cover the whole of the base of the fire itself. If it begins to get too far out of control and you cannot do anything about it, remember your own safety and get out of the building as quickly as possible. You can then telephone the fire brigade who will be able to arrive at the scene as quickly as possible to get rid of the fire.
Total fire services can help any businesses in St Helens or any other business across the UK who would like to look into fire extinguisher training. You can also take a look at our list of recommended sites related to fire safety and best practice.
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