A fire extinguisher is something found in just about every home (or at least, they should be).
But how many of us actually know how to properly use one should the situation arise?
Without the knowledge of proper use, a fire extinguisher is practically useless.
The first thing you need to know is there are three components that make up a fire: a fuel source, oxygen, and a heat source.
Removing just one of these pieces will put a stop to the fire, and that is where your extinguisher comes into play.
When operating a traditional fire extinguisher, remember the acronym P.A.S.S.
P – Pull the pin.
A – Aim at the base of the fire.
S – Squeeze the handle.
S – Sweep back and forth, until the fire is out.
Placement of the extinguishers in your home is vital as well. You want to make sure you keep them in the following potential hazard areas of your home for ease of access:
- Kitchen – this is where the majority of home fires start. Keep an extinguisher handy, but away from any sources of heat, like under your sink.
- Laundry room – your dryer is another big hazard.
- Garage – Chemicals, vehicles, and other machinery are all known for starting fires.
- Outdoors – Fire pits and grills, though outside of the home, can easily spread to structures.
Watch the video below for a helpful visual demonstration by Jon of a few different types of extinguishers.