How safe are you against fire? Are you that safe in your office, in your home or even in your favorite place to hang out? Don?t you get scared when you are at gasoline stations or just simply at abandoned warehouse where someone might accidentally or intentionally throw his/her cigarette on some random spot inside it? So, what do you do when you get face to face against the burning hands of fire? Surely, you will be enveloped with fear, but not to worry because there are a lot of fire-fighting devices out there, the most popular of which is the foam fire extinguisher due to its size and easy manageability.
When using fire extinguishers, it is very important to assess the type of fire that may be faced. In some situations, fires that involve flammable liquids or liquefiable solids such as petrol/gasoline, oil, paint, some waxes and plastics cause these fires. These flammable materials are under Class B as per the standard in the United States, Europe and in Australia. The best type of fire extinguisher that should be used against fires like these would be the foam fire extinguisher or the Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF). It could also be used against Class A fires like fires that involve flammable solids such as wood, cloth, rubber, paper, and some types of plastics. It is perfect for use in shops, petrol stations, warehouses and commercial units. Thanks to the ‘film-forming properties’ of AFFF, a liquid fire can easily be sealed and prevented from igniting again. This type of extinguisher, however, is not suitable for use on live electrical equipment.
In fighting fires, knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is an advantage if the fire has not spread yet, because if it did, fear would probably eat you up and you would be having a hard time dealing with fire. A good rule of thumb to remember: If the fire is bigger than you are, the smaller the chance you would have of putting it out.
First things first, you should learn how to use a fire extinguisher. Here are some tips to remember:
1. Be familiar with the acronym “PASS” This stands for ?pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep”
2. Position the extinguisher upright and remove the plastic tie from the handle.
3. Get ready to pull the pin from the handle and start aiming the nozzle low, but remember to keep the extinguisher upright.
4. Squeeze the handle and the fire-killer is released. Move forward to the fire, but remember to keep the extinguisher concentrated on the base of the fire, where you could see it being put out.
5. Remember to ?sweep? the extinguisher.
The foam fire extinguisher does not always work. Sometimes if a fire is bigger than a waste basket it’s too big to fight with a fire extinguisher. You should get out and call 911. Fire doubles in size every 30 seconds so if you are fighting a fire that is as tall and big as you are, you are taking a very big risk of being trapped or getting hurt.
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