How to use a fire extinguisher

Whether you have fire extinguisher at home or in the workplace, it is of vital importance to know how to operate one correctly in the event of a fire.
Most fire extinguishers operate using the following P.A.S.S. technique:
NOTE: Do not touch the plastic discharge horn on CO2 extinguishers, it gets very cold and may damage skin.

If you have the slightest uncertainty about your capability to combat a fire… EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!

Fortunately, there’s a simple acronym to assist you to learn how to use a fire extinguisher. You can use the PASS method during an urgent situation. Fire and Emergency NZ have included a T to make the acronym PTASS for additional safety, but the most frequently mentioned acronym is the PASS method.

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