Fire Extinguisher Safety and Information
A fire extinguisher is a lifeline in an emergency fire situation when used correctly. NFPA recommends remembering the phrase PASS!
P Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle away from you.
A Aim low towards the base of the fire.
S Squeeze the trigger evenly and slowly to control the release.
S Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
You should always read the instructions on a fire extinguisher before an emergency happens. Being comfortable with the use of this device could save your family, your property and your life!
It is also important to know that there are different classes of fire extinguishers specifically designed for certain types of fires.
CLASS A: This is the most common type of fire extinguisher as it used to put out normal items such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper and many plastics.
CLASS B: This should be used on fires involving flammable liquids such as grease, gas and oil.
CLASS C: This is designed for fires involving appliances, tools and other products that are plugged in.
CLASS D: Class D is normally found in factories and warehouses as they combat fires involving metals.
CLASS K: This type is seen in commercial kitchens as it fights fires involving vegetable oils, animal oils or fats in cooking appliances.
Please take the time to educate yourself, your family and your staff about Fire Extinguisher Safety! Please know that SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill is always Here to Help! You can call us 24/7/365 @ 301-753-8313.