PASS the Fire Extinguisher to Stop a Fire in its Tracks

Fire extinguishers can be found in key locations where people gather – community centers, schools, shopping malls, arenas, hotels and hospitals. Although many homes and the majority of businesses are prepared with the right tools to fight a fire, few people actually know how to correctly use a fire extinguisher. Illinois’ Getz Fire Equipment Company is on a mission to change that. They believe that, with proper training, every family member or office associate should feel comfortable using a fire extinguisher if the need arises.

Remember One Word – PASS
PASS stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep. Here are four simple steps to activate and use a fire extinguisher:

* Pull the safety ring on the handle with the extinguisher in an upright position.
* Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire, while standing back from the fire itself.
* Squeeze the extinguisher handles together to release the stream.
* Sweep the extinguisher stream over the fire from side to side.

Spread the Word, not the Fire
Once you know how to use a fire extinguisher properly, spread the word and show your family and friends how to use it too. The time you spend sharing this life-saving information could help someone you know and love in an emergency. Every home and office building should have a fire extinguisher in Illionis. Businesses can contact Getz Fire Equipment Company to purchase fire safety equipment and also request full on-site training. Their certified instructors combine classroom training with tactile experience so that employees understand what to do in an emergency situation.

Every Extinguisher Features Fire Symbols
Fires are categorized into classes by their fuel. Different fuels require different extinguishing agents. Some extinguishers can be used on several classes of fire and some are specific to a particular class. Class K fires, for example, involve cooking oils and tend to occur in the kitchen. Check your fire extinguisher to see the types of fire it was designed to extinguish. Do your research. Read about fire safety and educate yourself and your family. It pays to be prepared in an emergency situation. Are you prepared to fight a fire? You should be.

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