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Can You Use A Fire Extinguisher?


Knowing the basics of how to properly use an extinguisher, can save time and your family.

Fire extinguishers can be the difference between life and death. So in order to start with the basics, first things first.

"The first things to have one, its very important that you have an extinguisher in the primary areas of your home, where you cook, we like to even say near the sleeping area, garage area if you have any type of a workshop,places around the home where you may be grilling, " says Dothan Fire Chief, Larry Williams.

The placement of your extinguisher plays a big role in how quickly you will be able to put out a fire and get to safety.

"If you have a stove fire, some people have stored their fire extinguisher either right next to the stove or even above or under the stove and if that be the case, obviously if the stove is on fire your not going to be able to reach the extinguisher so you want to be in close proximity but not too close," says Dothan Fire Department Captain Mike Shiver.

And when it comes to actually using the fire extinguisher, always remember...PASS.

"The P is for pull, pull the pin, the A is for aim when you'll release the nozzle and aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, the first S in pass is for squeeze the handle and the second S is just for sweep it back and forth at the base of the fire to make sure you get proper coverage," says Shiver.

Fire Department officials say although its important to have your fire extinguisher on hand its also important to know when to walk away. If the fire gets too big call your local Fire Department.

"Know your limitations, if the fire is too large or you have difficulty or you actually use an entire extinguisher and the fire is not out, you need to be exiting the structure and protecting you and your family, " says Williams.

And knowing when to go and when to stay...Can save your life.

Shiver also says to check your gauge on your fire extinguisher monthly and to have it serviced by a professional company yearly.


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