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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
We should all have at least one fire extinguisher somewhere in our home. Every business is required by OSHA to have an approved fire extinguisher as well.
But simply having one on the premises isn’t enough. Your safety, as well as the safety of others, depends on you knowing how to use a fire extinguisher. At SERVPRO of East York, we’re here to cover how to use this fire-fighting device properly and put out a fire when it strikes your home or business.
PASS: How to use a fire extinguisher
There’s an easy mnemonic you can use to remember how to use a fire extinguisher: PASS. In the event of a fire, you should retrieve the extinguisher and stand 6 to 8 feet away from the fire. Then, simply:
- Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher
- Aim the extinguisher nozzle low, at the base of the fire
- Squeeze the handle or lever to release the extinguishing agent
- Sweep the nozzle back and forth, all while keeping it aimed at the base of the fire
With this simple set of applied hand motions, you may be able to extinguish the flames. If you’re unable to put out the fire, you’ll want to get to a safe place—and we’ll show you how to prepare to do just that.
How to get to a safe place
It takes some planning to get to safety–planning before the fire, we mean. Before you even install a fire extinguisher in your home or business, you’ll want to think about where is best to place it.
Make sure you’ll have multiple exit options nearby after you retrieve it. Your fire extinguisher shouldn’t be stored someplace distant from all exit paths.
Of course, you can’t plan for every possible fire scenario. If the fire is in the path of the extinguisher, you’ll need to consider whether it is safer to retrieve it or safer to get yourself out of the building.
Don’t neglect fire extinguisher maintenance
Earlier, we said simply having a fire extinguisher isn’t enough. Well, having one and knowing how to use one isn’t enough either. You need a fire extinguisher that’s in good working order, and that means regular maintenance. But how do you go about maintaining a fire extinguisher?
First, every fire extinguisher comes with an expiration date. After this date, the extinguishing agent will go bad and may not be effective against the flames. If your fire extinguisher is expired, it’s time to have it replaced.
Secondly, keep an eye on the extinguisher’s pressure needle. It should always point to the green zone. If it drops to the red zone, it doesn’t have enough pressure to release the extinguishing agent. You’ll need to add pressure or “recharge” the extinguisher through a certified fire services company.
Be prepared for a fire
The best way to be prepared for a fire is to (1) have an exit plan and (2) have a working fire extinguisher and know how to use it. In the event of a fire, call the fire department as soon as you can safely do so. They have the equipment and manpower to put out the blaze.
After the fire, contact us at SERVPRO of East York for your fire damage restoration and repair needs. We can restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition so life can get back to normal faster.
Why Choose SERVPRO of East York?
How fast do you think your home can go from unlivable to warm, welcoming, and hospitable again after a disaster? How quickly can your business get back to “business as usual” after serious structural damage? With SERVPRO of East York on the case, you can rest easy and return to normal life sooner.
As a trusted leader in the industry, we have decades of experience in home and commercial restoration. We’re a locally owned business, so we know the community. However, we also have the national resources to respond faster and with more firepower to your disaster zone.
Don’t wait. Give us a call today for fast 24-hour service and start the road to recovery from your fire or water disaster.
We’re the Leaders in Home and Commercial Restoration
As #1 in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO is ready to take your call and respond to your emergency. Our restoration specialists are trained to handle:
Our process is simple and adaptable to any size disaster. First, we assess the extent of the damage, so we can plan an appropriate response. Simultaneously, our team will work to contain the damage and prevent it from spreading. Then, we can begin the process of restoration.
We’ll remove all ruined materials and items from your property, clean and sanitize what remains, and reconstruct your property to its pre-damaged condition. Our specialists will do it all with minimal interruption to your life or business.
We’ll Take Your Call, Day or Night (Yes, Even on Holidays)
In fire and water disasters, time is money—literally. The sooner you call us, the more you may be able to save on restoration and repair because the first 24 hours is critical. That’s why we respond to emergencies around the clock, 24 hours a day and seven days a week—even on holidays.
A fast response prevents secondary damage to your property. Water damage from a storm, pipe leak, or firefighting after a fire can lead to serious mold growth within the first 48 to 72 hours. Luckily, we have the resources to respond to most disasters within a matter of hours, not days.
Get ahead of the game by calling us as soon as you need our services, and not a second later!
Only Pro Technicians—and Advanced Equipment, too
SERVPRO really is staffed by the pros. All our technicians have received the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)—the industry standard in restoration. Like any good restoration organization, we also offer continuing training, so our employees can go above and beyond.
Our specialized trainings in fire and water restoration, crew training, and carpet and upholstery cleaning ensure that our team is equipped with the know-how to restore your property.
The techniques and technology of our trade have seen rapid advancement over the past few decades. That means we can be quicker, more reliable, and more effective than ever with:
- Moisture detection and measurement equipment
- Water extraction and drying equipment
- Odor removal and deodorization
- Sanitizing agents, germicides, and anti-microbial treatments
Call the Cleanup and Restoration Dream Team
Time is on your side when you choose the specialists at SERVPRO of East York. The restoration process begins when you call us, so don’t delay when you notice the signs of fire or water damage.
Give us a call today!
WE'RE HERE TO HELP by David Brossman
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When things get wet, the dampness stays, and MOLD starts growing in so many ways...
When the fire company visits, and it's not a social call; the SOOT and grime are black on every wall...
When you come home from work, open the door, and find the water flowing across every floor...
One look around, you think "all is lost". You worry that replacing it will come at an unbelievable cost...
You need help from someone that's in the know; so, call David Brossman at your local SERVPRO!
With five trucks, twenty employees, and equipment galore, they will dry it, clean it, and do all to restore!
If asbestos is found, they will take care of that too! Making things right is what they do!
The walls will be clean, the mold will disappear, your home will be dry, and there will be nothing left to fear!
~ David Brossman, Business Development Manager