Fire Extinguishers - Proper Use

Learn the ins and outs of proper fire extinguisher use

Atlas World Fire Extinguishers

We see fire extinguishers all around us. We find them in our apartments, offices, cars, home. But have you wondered how to use them? Do you know how to use them? Not really, because you have seen it around but haven’t had to use it yet. But what if you do have to use one in an emergency? This is exactly why Atlas World is bringing you simple steps and measures to use a fire extinguisher and to understand the facts around fire risk assessment.

The steps to use fire extinguishers are quite easy and as follows:

Step 1: Pull the pin

Step 2: Aim the nozzle or the hose at the base of the fire from a safe distance

Step 3: Squeeze the operating lever to discharge the fire extinguisher agent

Step 4: Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until the fire starts to disappear. Stop and watch the area if the fire ignites again, repeat step 2, step 3 and step 4.

4 Facts that you should know about fire extinguishers

Recharge after every use- The maintenance of the fire extinguishers includes recharging the fire extinguisher once it is used. You never know when you’re going to need it next.

Fire extinguishers come with an expiration date- Yes, just like other products fire extinguishers come with an expiration date and a check must be kept on the purchase and the time when it is going to expire. It is crucial to keep a tab on the expiry and the fire extinguishers must be replaced immediately. The extinguishers must be replaced every 12 years.

Different types of extinguishers need different fuel- There are five different type of fire extinguishers that use water, foam spray, CO2, ABC powder and Wet chemical. So it is important to choose the relevant fire extinguisher.

Maintenance – Regular inspection of fire extinguisher must be undertaken. Key things to remember is where is the extinguisher placed, is it charged, is the pin and seal is intact, are there any damages or is the extinguisher tampered.