In our previous Blog we mentioned common causes of Fire incident at Home.
Here we discuss the first line of defense in case of a fire at home.
Having fire extinguishers in your home and knowing how to use them is a crucial part of your home’s emergency plan. While it can be tempting to use an extinguisher for any fire in your home, you have to be aware of the fact that they should really only be used for fires that are very small and contained — for example in a wastebasket or a small fire in a pot on the stovetop. The number one priority is still the safety of everyone in the home, so if a room begins to quickly fill with smoke, exit the house immediately and don’t try to be the hero.
You should have at least one fire extinguisher in every home. They should be placed in the room with the highest probability of a fire — the kitchen especially, and the garage as well.
While there are multiple classifications of extinguishers, the variety that are classified as “ABC” will be fine for the majority of homeowners’ needs.
While it’s true that using a fire extinguisher isn’t rocket science there are a few basics you need to be aware of – and probably aren’t.
According to FSIF (Fire Safe India Foundation ), the majority of Indians don’t know how to use an extinguisher, even if they have one in their home
This is a dangerous knowledge gap. Fires double in size every 60 seconds, so you don’t want to be fumbling around in an emergency situation, reading over the instruction manual as a small flame on the stove grows into an inferno:
- First, determine if the fire is one you can handle with your extinguisher. If it’s taller than you, or the room is filled with smoke, get everyone out of the house.
- Position yourself with your back to an escape, so you can make a quick getaway if necessary.Don’t back yourself into a corner with just an extinguisher in hand.
- Pull the pin
- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Hitting the tops of the flame with the extinguisher won’t be effective. You’ve got to smother the sucker at its base.
- Squeeze the trigger. In a controlled manner, squeeze the trigger to release the agent.
- Sweep from side to side. Sweep the nozzle from side to side until the fire is put out. Keep aiming at the base while you do so. Most extinguishers will give you about 10-20 seconds of discharge time.
Here is a link that will give you walk through : https://youtu.be/BLjoWjCrDqg