If you like to light candles, cook, or partake in other fire-related activities (whatever those may be) I strongly encourage you to invest in a small (or large) fire extinguisher and keep it near, in your pantry or closet. You own one already? Great! Do you know how to use it? If you’ve never used an extinguisher before, no worries. Just remember this: P A S S
- 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 fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Make sure the yellow arrow is in the green. That means that the extinguisher is still good!
And an important reminder from the National Fire Protection Association: A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely.
Want more? Visit http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers