Do you know the steps to use a fire extinguisher correctly? What may seem like common sense, is not as common as you would think.
I felt a little bad as I snatched the fire extinguisher out of my coworker’s hands. The catered food, tablecloth, and table were on fire! Someone had put a silk flower arrangement too close to a chafing pan flame. A coworker that was the first to notice, had a fire extinguisher amid the blaze in seconds. Her quick heroic act was short lived when she couldn’t figure out why the extinguisher wasn’t working as she frantically squeezed the two handles together. I waited an excruciating 10 seconds. She’s going to figure it out, right? But as the flames got bigger and seeing guests in harm’s way, someone had to remove the pin and put out the fire before someone got hurt, so I did. I was a teenager at the time and told my mother about my interesting day. She said, “I bet you’re glad we taught you fire safety when you were little”. Truthfully, I didn’t remember my parents teaching me about fire extinguishers. My belief was that I had a little more common sense than the other girl. Apparently, fire safety knowledge is not so common.
Quick Fire Extinguisher Quiz:
Do you know the acronym steps for using a fire extinguisher?
Do you know how many fire extinguisher class types there are and which is right for an electrical fire versus an oil cooking fire?
What are indicators that a fire extinguisher is in good working order?
What are the top three safety tips for using a fire extinguisher?