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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher Safely

When a fire starts, you have to act fast. Fires can spread quickly and in just a matter of minutes, a small fire can turn into a large scale blaze. Learning how to use a fire extinguisher properly can mean the difference between a minor scare and major damage. Keep reading to learn more about correct fire extinguisher service in British Columbia.

Know where it is

Everyone in your residence or place of business should know exactly where the fire extinguisher is stored. Always store extinguishers in an easy-to-see, secure area located next to the biggest fire hazards on your premises.

In your home, this is typically the kitchen area. In your place of business, this could be any area where fire hazards such as kitchen equipment, electrical wiring or hazardous chemicals are concentrated.


Fire extinguisher service

Regular fire extinguisher service can help you ensure that your extinguishers are functioning properly the moment you need them. Have your fire extinguishers inspected and maintained by a professional fire extinguisher service in British Columbia to ensure that they are fully functional at all times.


Learn the right technique

A fire extinguisher won’t be able to offer you much protection unless you take the time to learn how to use it properly. While each model of fire extinguisher may be slightly different, they are all used with the same technique, the P.A.S.S. method, which is briefly outlined below:


P—Pull the pin
A—Aim at the base of the fire
S—Squeeze the handle

S—Sweep from side to side


Teach others

Learning how to operate a fire extinguisher properly and how to react to a fire is vital knowledge that everyone on the premises should have. Fire safety is particularly important in British Columbia, we’ve all seen the damage that can be caused when a fire spreads beyond of control. Whether you’re concerned about safety in your home, or in your business, knowledge is key. Learn how to react when there is a fire, learn how to use a fire extinguisher properly and then share that knowledge with everyone you know.


Pacific Coast Fire Equipment offers fire extinguisher service to keep all your extinguishers in good working order all year round as well as fire safety training programs to keep everyone on your premises safe. We’re proud to serve several areas throughout British Columbia and Alberta including Victoria, Coquitlam, Fort McMurray and Northern BC. Contact Pacific Coast Fire Equipment today to learn more about our products and services or to request a consultation.

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