Do you know how to use your fire extinguisher?

(NC) Most people know the basics of fire safety at home, and that a fire extinguisher may be the first line of defense in case of a fire. But it’s not enough to just have a fire extinguisher – knowing how to use it is a critical part of keeping you and your family safe.

In as little as 30 seconds, a small flame can become a major fire, so being prepared to fight small fires is crucial. All adults should learn how to operate a fire extinguisher, all you have to remember is the word P.A.S.S.:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim the nozzle low toward the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

In the event of an emergency, being able to quickly access and use your fire extinguisher is key. Place extinguishers in convenient locations throughout the home, including on every floor and in key areas where there is a higher risk for fires, such as the kitchen and the garage. Make things simple and stock your home with multiuse, lightweight extinguishers like the First Alert Multi-Purpose Fire Extinguisher which can handle fires in any household location.

The rapid protection offered by fire extinguishers can make the difference between minor or major damage. But remember, combating small fires with an extinguisher is just one component of a fire response plan. The primary goal is always a safe escape for you and your family.

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