How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

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Read a fire extinguisher's label in preparation for dealing with a fire. Use a fire extinguisher with tips from a firefighter in this free first aid video.

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You know, we pass by them every day of our lives, and seldom give them a second thought as to how to use them. In the event of a fire there's no time to use and learn a fire extinguisher. Hi, I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and what we're going to discuss is the common way to use the multi-purpose type of fire extinguisher. The multi-purpose type of fire extinguisher is designed for three of the four classes of fire; A, B, and C, A; normal ordinary combustibles like wood, paper and cloth, B; flammable and combustible liquids, and C; electrical type of fires. The proper way would be to pre-read the label prior to having any fire. The label gives specific instructions. But basically to sum it up, it would be nothing more than removing the plastic tie that holds the pin in place. By pulling the pin this plastic tie will break. Our next step would be to remove the nozzle and aim it towards the base of the fire. Squeeze the two handles together, and sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of a fire. Keep in mind however that smoke conditions for an interior fire may prevent the normal everyday operator from getting close to the fire itself. If this occurs, do not make an attempt to fight the fire. Abandon the building, and call for emergency help from your local fire department. I'm Captain Joe Bruni. Using the basic ABC fire extinguisher is simple as remembering pass, pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep. Stay safe, and we'll see ya' next time.

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