Friday, June 6, 2014

While You're Waiting: Learn to Use a Fire Extinguisher

(Image Credit: Jomphong)

*Recently I was thinking about all I would want my daughters to know before they get married.  Instead of wishing the days away until they walk down the aisle, how would I encourage them to live?  Living in the joy of who God created.  The practicalities and the dreaming.  What would I want to encourage... While they're waiting?  These are some of those thoughts.

Ok, yeah, this sounds like a funny one, but I spent years not knowing how to use a fire extinguisher.  It wasn't until we became foster parents that it became a priority in our household.  Now, I can't imagine why it took me so long to learn.  

It's not rocket science, but in an emergency, we all start to panic.  So make sure you review and know the steps.  Hopefully you don't ever have to use one, but I'd rather you know how, just in case.

1. Pull the pin.  This releases the locking mechanism and allows you to use the fire extinguisher.

2. Aim at the base of the flames.  This will extinguish the fuel.

3. Squeeze the leaver slowly.  When you release, it will stop the flow of the extinguisher.

4.  Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, only moving closer to the fire as it dies down.

Again, I pray that you never have to use one, but in case you do, be prepared.  It's a simple precaution.  

1 comment:

Ron Griffith said...

There's no telling when an accident like that will happen. Fortunately, it is required for most buildings to have fire extinguishers handy for such situations. But that wouldn't be of any use if one doesn't know how to safely handle on. And this tutorial is just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Ron Griffith @ HASAW

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