PASS: How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
In the event of a fire, it is crucial that you are aware of the correct procedures that you need to follow in order to ensure everybody gets out safely.
Should you be required to operate a fire extinguisher, it can be quite confusing as to how to use it correctly and efficiently. Fortunately, there is an easy to remember system that could save your life.
What is PASS?
The ‘PASS’ system stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. It describes the stages in which a fire extinguisher should be operated and explains what each stage entails, giving enough information for the operator to use the extinguisher safely. While it is totally natural to panic in the event of a fire, if you can remain calm and remember the ‘PASS’ technique, you may well be able to put out the fire and save yourself and those around you from serious consequences.
If a fire breaks out, sound the fire alarm and if you deem the fire as worthy of professional help, call the emergency services before you try and tackle the fire yourself.
- Pull – Pulling the pin breaks the tamper seal, making the extinguisher ready for use
- Aim – Aim at the base of the fire
- Squeeze – Squeeze the handle to discharge the extinguisher at the fire
- Sweep – Sweep from side to side, keeping the extinguisher pointed at the base of the fire until the fire has gone out. Be careful, as the fire could reignite – repeat steps 2-4 if this is the case
As well as following these steps, it is important that you are stood a safe distance away from the fire in case it becomes larger or reignites, should you manage to briefly put it out. You must also have a pre-established evacuation path, should you not be able to extinguish the fire. Ensure that no fire, smoke or heat obstructs your escape route.
Correct Fire Extinguisher Safety
While this guide is incredibly useful and important for using a fire extinguisher properly and efficiently, it is vital that you do not try and put a fire out unless you are 100% sure you can extinguish it. If there is a slight doubt in your mind about your ability to put the fire out, leave the building at your designated evacuation point.
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