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How to use a fire extinguisher properly

The majority of fires start off small and, due to a number of factors, quickly spread into a large, destructive fire. Having a fire extinguisher close at hand can be an invaluable aid in preventing fires from spreading, providing that is a fire extinguisher is used correctly and is operating as it should do. Complete Fire Solutions, fire extinguisher servicing Sheffield specialists, take a look at how to use a fire extinguisher properly.

ABC extinguishers

Fire extinguishers come in different types, used for different functions. An ABC extinguisher is a multipurpose fire extinguisher, which can put out three different types of common fires – a wood and paper fire, known as Class A, a grease and oil fire, Class B, and an electrical fire, Class C.

In order for an extinguisher to work at its optimum, it is important that the right type of extinguisher is used on a fire that it is designed for. Some fire extinguishers have limitations on certain types of fires and therefore would fail to act as an effective extinguisher. For example, a class A extinguisher, which is essentially water-based, should not be used on a grease and oil, Class B fire.

Operating a fire extinguisher

Fire extinguisher servicing Sheffield specialists, Complete Fire Solutions, recommend that anyone that may have the responsibility of using a fire extinguisher always reads the manufacturer’s instructions to familiarise themselves with how to operate this potentially life-saving equipment properly.

Generally speaking, fire extinguishers are operated by pulling the pin at the top of the device, aiming the nozzle at the base of the fire, squeezing the handle to release the agent, and sweeping the spray back and forth until the fire goes out.

Fire extinguishers need to be maintained in order to work at their optimum, including giving dry extinguishers a shake every month to prevent to powder from settling.

If you require fire extinguisher servicing Sheffield based Complete Fire Solutions will provide you with comprehensive fire extinguisher servicing Sheffield businesses and residents can rely on. Get in contact with our team today for all your fire extinguisher servicing Sheffield solutions.

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