Frequent question: When could you possibly use fire extinguishers?

You should only consider using a fire extinguisher if all members of your home have been alerted to the fire and the fire department has been called. Also, make sure you are safe from smoke and that the fire is not between you and your only escape route.

In what situations are you expected to use a fire extinguisher?

Extinguishers work by breaking what is known as the fire triangle. You probably remember it from school. For combustion to take place you need fuel, oxygen and heat. If you aim at the flames, rather than the source of the flames, the extinguisher will not break the chemical reaction.

Do I need fire extinguishers in my home?

Yes, provided you know when and how to use it. Fire extinguishers can be a small but important part of the home fire safety plan. They can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or suppressing it until the fire department arrives. … Remember, lives are more important than property.

Can you use a fire extinguisher without training?

fire extinguishers should never be used by someone with no training. A person must be properly trained to use firefighting equipment. The reason for this is because it is important to know which type to use for the fire. If the wrong type of extinguisher is used, this could lead to life-threatening consequences.

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What do you do if you don’t have a fire extinguisher?

Use a heavy blanket.

If you don’t have a fire extinguisher handy, you can use a heavy blanket to smother the fire via oxygen deprivation. A couple of important notes: Do NOT throw or toss the blanket over the fire. The whole blanket needs to cover the flames, and if you throw the blanket, you might miss it.

Who should have fire extinguisher training?

Who needs more regular training?

  • Department heads.
  • Fire marshals or fire wardens.
  • Firefighting teams in large workplaces.
  • Floor supervisors.
  • Central control room staff.
  • Security staff (including night security patrols)
  • Attendants.
  • Stewards.
Tame a raging fire