Fire Extinguisher Usage - P.A.S.S.
Your business is your livelihood and is a particularly important part of your life. While you are the most invested in your business, there will be times where you cannot be there every second. Emergencies tend to happen when you least expect them to, so it is important to be prepared, especially when you are not there. There are some very simple ways to prepare, like post your fire escape route throughout your building, and have employees memorize it. It is also important to have emergency phone numbers available in case anything happens. Another important way you can prepare is by having multiple fire extinguishers available around the building, along with having employees know how to use them.
Each extinguisher may have slightly different directions, but if you remember PASS, it can help you greatly in an emergency!
- PULL the pin out of the extinguisher.
- AIM the nozzle on the hose at the base of the fire, while continuing to keep a safe distance away from smoke and flames.
- SQUEEZE the lever to begin to discharge the fire extinguisher agent.
- SWEEP the nozzle or hose from side to side at the base until the fire has been extinguished. Even after it is out, continue around the fire, and make sure all sides are completely out before putting the extinguisher away.
After the fire has been put out, there will typically be a mess left behind of smoke, soot and fire extinguisher agent. For cleanup, make sure to PASS the job to a professional to take care of from here. SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties are trained to handle just this situation. We are able to handle not only the extinguisher agent, but also help clean up from the fire, soot, and smoke the fire may have caused. If the fire department also made a visit to the site, we can also help with any water damage that may have occurred.