Proper Use of a Fire Extinguisher

Fire safety is a very important topic on campus and we want to share information about the proper use of the red fire extinguishers found on the Lakeland campus. Did you know that these fire extinguishers can actually put out three different classes of fires? The first type is “ordinary combustibles” this is the most common type of fire that is fueled by garbage in trash cans, paper, wood, clothing and plastics. The second class of fires are “flamable liquids”. These type of fires are typical of grease or gasoline leaking from a vehicle. The third type of fire that an extinguisher can put out are “electrically fueled”. These type of fires are a result of an electrical catalyst such as an outlet, computer or some other electrical device found on campus. To use these extinguishers all you have to do is remember the word PASS. P.A.S.S. stands for Pull the pin. Aim the nozzle. Squeeze the handle. Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire. Remember, in case of a fire stay calm. If possible, activate the fire alarm system. Use a fire extinguisher to assist you in creating a clear path to exit the building and when safe to do so call 911 This video is a collaboration between the Lakeland Police Department and the Kirtland Fire Department.

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