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Learn to use your fire extinguisher to be safe

September 2, 2003

Albany -- Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? Fire fighters say owning a fire extinguisher can cut the damage from those fires, but only if you know how to use it.

 Take a look at this fire. If it was blazing on your stove, that is not the time to read the instructions on a fire extinguisher. Take time to learn how to use the extinguisher.

Fire fighters remind you to use fire extinguishers only on small fires, and always make sure you have an escape route away from the fire.  Fire inspector David Lockett said "We use the acronym PASS.  Pull the pin. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Squeeze the handle. Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire."

Most Fire extinguishers spray sodium bicarbonate, basically baking soda, to put out the fire. Once a year you turn it upside down to keep the powder from caking.

If you use the extinguisher, even just a little, it has to be recharged.

posted at 4:02 PM by jimw@walb.com

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