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How To Extinguish a Fire

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

If your home in Addison, TX, catches fire, you will need to call 9-1-1 and evacuate most of the time. If, however, the fire is small enough to be put out with a fire extinguisher, you may be able to handle the problem yourself. If you don't know how to use the apparatus, the fire may not subside completely. To successfully extinguish a small flame, such as a kitchen fire, you need to follow four simple steps.

1. Pull the Pin

Once an extinguisher has been discharged, it has to be refilled and pressurized before it can be used again. To safeguard the contents when it is stored, there is a seal and a pin that keeps them in the tank. Removing the pin breaks the seal and prepares the fire extinguisher for use.

2. Point the Nozzle

Many people will try to put a fire out by aiming at the top of the flames, expecting that the contents will rain down on the fire and douse it completely. The best place to aim, however, is the base of the fire. Point the nozzle at the lowest point where you can see the flame begin.

3. Squeeze the Handle

Once you have aimed the nozzle where you want the extinguishing agent to go, squeeze the handle to expel the contents of the tank. Make sure you hold the tank and nozzle firmly to control the flow of the pressurized spray.

4. Move Back and Forth

Move the spray back and forth along the base of the fire. Once you believe the fire is out, continue watching the area for a few minutes to make sure it does not ignite again. If it does, repeat the process or call 9-1-1 to minimize the fire damage to your home.

Being able to use a fire extinguisher to put out a small flame can reduce the damage that fire restoration specialists have to repair. Learning to use it properly makes your home a safer place to live.

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