How Not to Use a Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is necessary for putting out small fires in the case of an emergency.

A fire extinguisher is necessary for putting out small fires in the case of an emergency. Knowing how to use one properly could save a life or multiple lives. Fire extinguishers use different chemicals to prevent the reaction of oxygen with heat and fuel, preventing ignition. Improperly using a fire extinguisher can result in damages, or worse. Here at Judd Fire Protection LLC, we can help you properly install, maintain, and store your fire extinguisher based on its correct specification. We can also show you the right ways to use one. Keep reading to learn more about how not to use a fire extinguisher.

Ignoring Instructions

Make sure to be fully aware of the instructions. These instructions will keep you and your employees prepared in case of an emergency. Never reference past experiences when using a brand new extinguisher. Each one, depending on its manufacturer, has unique guidelines so that the user can best maximize this device. 

Using the Incorrect Extinguisher 

Typically, fire extinguishers have five standard classifications which are labeled A, B, C, D, and K based on the class of fire that you need to put out. Water, foam, dry powder, CO2, and Wet Chemical fire extinguishers match these labels, respectively. If you’re dealing with a kitchen fire, a water-based fire extinguisher may make the situation worse. Use the right device for the right class of fire. If you’re unsure of which ones to purchase, call us.

Using Multiple Extinguishers to Put Out a Large Fire

This method will most likely not work. If you can gather a group of people to help you put the fire out and simultaneously use the right extinguishers, then this may work. However, if you are the only person trying to contain a fire, then this could have devastating effects. Call the fire department right away.

Positioning Yourself too Close to the Fire While Trying to Extinguish It

Putting out a fire in this way may result in hot liquid getting on you, which can cause injury. On average, the discharge range of most fire extinguishers is 1.8 to 6 meters. Also, never use the extinguisher in the direction of where the wind is going. Otherwise, you’ll spray yourself. 

Not Extinguishing From the Base of The Fire

Never try to put out a fire from the top. The source of ignition is at the base. The base is where the chemical reaction that starts the flames are. 

Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection

If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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