In an early stage, a fire extinguisher can reduce or eliminate a fire. However, you need to remember PASS to use it correctly.
P – Pull the Pin
If there is no pin on the fire extinguisher, it probably will not work. Have authorized supplier inspect the extinguisher serviceability immediately.
A – Aim the Nozzle
When aiming at the fire, aim at the base of the fire, not at the top. This will improve the effectiveness of the extinguisher putting out the fire.
S – Squeeze the Handle
If you are using a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher, remember to hold the handle. CO2 gets very cold when it comes out of the nozzle and can cause freeze burn if you contact it with bare skin. Also, don’t forget to squeeze the handle BEFORE you approach the fire.
S – Sweep from Side to Side
Sweep the extinguisher side to side with a hand wrist action ensuring to overlap the edges of the fire. This sweeping and overlap action will help extinguish the fire and reduce the chance of re-ignition.