If you are a regular reader of our blogs, you will have seen plenty of advice regarding safe storage, correct positioning and how often you should service your extinguishers. In this article we look at how to use an extinguisher, safely using the PASS technique.
The Four Steps of the PASS Fire Extinguisher Technique
PASS Stands for:
Pull the pin.
Aim low at the base of the fire, pointing the hose, nozzle or horn.
Squeeze the handle or trigger to release the extinguishing substance.
Sweep from side to side. If the fire looks to be extinguished, wait it may reignite. If it does rekindle then repeat the above process.
If you have any doubt about whether the fire can be tackled, abandon and evacuate to a safe place.
In the event of a fire:
- Sound the alarm and call the fire brigade.
- Identify a safe evacuation route before tackling the fire.
- Keep checking to make sure the fire nor smoke comes between you and your evacuation path.
- Evaluate the fire and select the correct fire extinguisher for the blaze, if you are unsure of the cause, evacuate immediately.
- Use the PASS technique to tackle the fire.
- If the fire appears to be extinguished, back away and wait, watch for reignition.
- If you discharge the extinguisher and the fire has not been put out, evacuate immediately.
Remember fire extinguishers are only suitable for dealing with small fires. One of the most important lessons to learn is when not to use a fire extinguisher.
If you have any doubt – Get out!
Only personnel trained in the use of fire extinguishers should attempt to use one. When a fire starts it is not the time to learn new skills! It is every employer’s duty to ensure members of staff are trained in fire safety procedures. This page on the Government Website sets out fire safety responsibilities. There are plenty of training course both in the real world and online (here is a link to our Fire Awareness Training)
What you can do
In your workplace make sure you familiarise yourself with the fire extinguishers, their types, locations and the materials they are suitable to be used on. Ensure you know the evacuation procedure and the safe assembly point.
If you have any queries regarding Fire Safety, safe use of extinguishers then please get in touch, call us on 0330 6600264 or email [email protected]
Until next time, stay safe