Myth 2: Anyone can handle any fire extinguisher
In most cases, yes. However, getting trained or at least shown how to use fire extinguishers matters.
Under pressure, such as when stopping a small fire, we don’t always perform at our best. With proper training, you’re less likely to panic when you need to act quickly.
Remember, only attempt to put out a fire yourself if it is safe to do so. If not, dial 000 immediately. Should you need to use an extinguisher, remember ‘PASS’ and follow these four basic steps:
- Pull out the pin or locking device.
- Aim at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the handles together.
- Sweep from side to side until the fire is out.
And be warned, there are banned fire extinguishers that contain ozone depleting substances (ODS), and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG). Only ODS and SGG licensed persons must handle these yellow-labelled extinguishers.