Fire Service and supplies can offer fire extinguisher training and also show a DVD regarding using fire extinguishers . Also fire training can be offered when new extinguishers are installed and when fire extinguishers are discharged at a routine service. The training is not done with live fires but explains in detail the operation and method of using the extinguisher and also explains about using the correct extinguisher for various types of fire.
Although there are many types of fire extinguishers, the method of using them is basically the same
If you use this Acronym as a reference it will help you remember the steps to take when using a fire extinguisher
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Pull the pin at the top of the fire extinguisher, the pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is very important, in order for you to put out the fire you must extinguish the fuel.
Squeeze the handles slowly , This will release the extinguisher agent from the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.
Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance away and then slowly move towards the fire until it starts to diminish. Be sure to read the instructions on the fire extinguisher as there are several different types and please remember, Aim at the base of the fire, Not at the flames.