Portable Fire Extinguishers - PASS

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Some things are important enough to need repeating. Earlier this month you were given the proper instructions on how to use a portable fire extinguisher.

Be sure to remember the PASS operating technique for portable fire extinguishers. PASS stands for:

  • P - Pull the pin. Pulling the pin unlocks the operating lever or button so you can discharge the extinguisher. Stand at least 6 to 8 feet from the fire.
  • A - Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.
  • S - Squeeze the lever below the handle. Squeezing the lever discharges the contents of the extinguisher. When you release the lever, the discharge stops. Some models have a button to press rather than a lever.
  • S - Moving carefully toward the fire, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep from side to side until the flames appear to be out.

 Watch the area. If the fire starts up again, repeat the PASS technique.


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the PASS procedure is easy to remember and impart to others...

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