Before you ever use a portable fire extinguisher, you better know the extinguisher to use for each fire class:
- ( A ) for fires involving combustibles like wood or paper
- ( B ) for flammable liquids and gases
- ( C ) for fires where electricity may be present
- ( D ) for combustible metals like magnesium
Fire extinguishers are labeled for use on either a single class of fire (A) or (D), or for multiple classes fires (BC), or (ABC). Only trained employees should use fire extinguishers.
Use the PASS method when using a fire extinguisher:
- P Pull the pin
- A Aim hose at the base of the fire
- S Squeeze the trigger
- S Sweep back and forth with the extinguisher
Remember these firefighting tips:
- Most fire extinguishers are emptied in less than a minute.
- Do not attempt to fight a large fire.
- Always leave yourself a way out–keep your back to an exit.
Safety tip provided by: Simon Mac Innis, Quality, Health, Safety, Environment and Security Specialist
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