Health Tip: Keep Fire Extinguisher Ready06/10/13
(HealthDay News) -- Having a portable fire extinguisher on hand
can save lives, so it's important to know how to properly store and
use one in an emergency.
The National Fire Protection Association offers these
- You should only use a portable fire extinguisher in a contained
area, in a room not filled with smoke, and after everyone has been
evacuated from the building and the fire department has been
- Operate the extinguisher according to instructions. Read
instructions before an emergency so you know how to use it.
- To use the extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
- Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing
away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
- Choose a multi-purpose extinguisher that is easy to handle, and
is approved by an independent testing laboratory.
- Make sure you install an extinguisher near each exit. If
possible, use it with your back to the exit so you can easily
escape if the room fills with smoke.
- Create an escape plan at home.
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