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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

When it comes to how to use a fire extinguisher, there are many things to cover on this subject. The first thing to cover is where the extinguisher will be placed within the home. A person who has the best skills at using a fire extinguisher will be of no value if he/she cannot get to it. With that being said, the fire extinguisher should be on the lower level of the home, close to the exit. It should be out of the way, yet be in a place that is accessible in less than eight seconds. Getting to the extinguisher is fifty percent of the battle.

It is also important that the extinguisher can be easily taken out. It would be smart to have it hooked in place so that it cannot fall out or over. However, it should not be stuck to the point that it is hard to remove in an emergency situation. A great way to get around this would be to have emergency drills. This can be fun for the whole family. At the same time, family members will learn how to get the fire extinguisher out as quick as possible.

Using a fire extinguisher may sound simple, but there is a system to it just like anything else. The fire extinguisher comes with a nozzle, which is hooked to the side and can be easily unhooked. The extinguisher is heavy and must be held from the top handle. On this handle is a safety pin. This pin must be taken out before the extinguisher is used, and it must be put back in before the extinguisher is put away. Once the pin is out, the individual with the extinguisher can begin putting out the fire. Even after the fire is out, the individual with the extinguisher should continue to spray the dry water for at least thirty five seconds; this is in case the fire wants to startup again.

There are many booklets and teachings of how to use a fire extinguisher. However, much like heart surgery, people cannot read about it and then do it. They must do it continuously and get better at it. The best way to go about this would be to visit a local, well known department store. These department stores have experts that deal with fire extinguishers. They will let customers try out a fire extinguisher before a purchase is made. Some of these stores will even have private classes for teaching people how to use a fire extinguisher.

Another great thing about consulting a fire extinguisher specialist in a department store is that this specialist will know what fire extinguisher is best on the market. Potential customers can even ask for a list showing which extinguishers have been sold in the last thirty days. This is a great technique to use when trying to find the best fire extinguisher on the market. These department stores are also known for helping customers save the most money when it comes to fire extinguishers.

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