Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, is a week during which the Fort Worth Fire Department stresses the importance of knowing when and how to use a fire extinguisher.
Always put your safety first; if you are not confident in your ability to use a fire extinguisher, get out and call 911. The American Red Cross says to evaluate the situation and ensure:
- Everyone has left or is leaving the home.
- The fire department has been called.
- The fire is small, not spreading and there is not much smoke.
- Your back is to an exit you can use quickly.
Learn about the different types of fire extinguishers; not all will work on every fire. For home use, the National Fire Protection Association recommends a multipurpose device large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy that it will be difficult to handle.
Review the instructions once a year. If you need to use a fire extinguisher, there won’t be time to learn how to do it.
To use a fire extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS:
Pull the pin. Aim low at the base of the fire. Squeeze the handle slowly. Sweep the nozzle side to side.
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