Frequently Asked Questions

Using an Extinguisher? Learn P.A.S.S.

Using an Extinguisher? Learn P.A.S.S.

Always keep your back to an unobstructed exit, stand six to eight feet away from the fire, and follow the PASS (Pull-Aim- Squeeze-Sweep) four-step procedure: PULL THE PIN - This unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the extinguisher. Some...

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“Should I Try to Fight this Fire?”

“Should I Try to Fight this Fire?”

BEFORE you begin (or even consider) fighting a fire: Call the Fire Department (Dial 911). Make sure the building is being evacuated. Determine whether the fire is small and is not spreading. Confirm you have a safe path to an exit not threatened by the fire. Know how...

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Only Fight a Fire If…

Only Fight a Fire If…

...If the fire is small and contained. The time to use a fire extinguisher is in the early, or incipient, stage of a fire. Once the fire starts to grow or spread, it is best to evacuate the building, closing doors or windows behind you. ...If you are safe from toxic...

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In Case of Fire, Just Remember the Three A’s

In Case of Fire, Just Remember the Three A’s

ACTIVATE - the building alarm system or notify the fire department by calling 911. Or, have someone else do this for you. ASSIST - any persons in immediate danger, or those incapable on their own, to exit the building, without risk to yourself. Only after these two...

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How Do Photoelectric Smoke Detectors Work?

How Do Photoelectric Smoke Detectors Work?

All smoke detectors consist of two basic parts: a sensor to sense the smoke and a very loud electronic horn to wake people up. Smoke detectors can run off of a 9-volt battery or 120-volt house current. Occasionally you will walk into a store and a bell will go off as...

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How Do Multi-Class Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers Work?

How Do Multi-Class Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers Work?

If you ask any firefighter what it takes to create a fire, you will learn that you have to have three things: A Fuel - some sort of combustible solid, liquid or gas Oxygen - to react with the fuel Heat - there must be enough heat to get the fuel above its flash point....

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