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Understanding the PASS Technique When Using a Fire Extinguisher

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Image of someone using a fire extinguisher to put out a fire A fire extinguisher is one of the essential pieces of safety equipment every homeowner should have.

Too many people, despite having a fire extinguisher in their homes, do not know how to use it. While preparation is an excellent start to disaster preparedness, education is crucial to successful implementation. Most fire remediation services in Bountiful, UT, will tell clients to use the PASS technique, and for those unfamiliar, the method includes a four-step process.

  • Pull
  • Aim
  • Squeeze
  • Sweep

4 Steps For The PASS Technique


Avoiding extensive fire damage is all about rapid response. While a kitchen fire may start small, if you are not quick to extinguish it, your house can quickly burn to rubble. Therefore, at the first sign of a controllable fire, grab the extinguisher, and pull the release tab, which will allow you to use the device.


Next, you need to aim the nozzle of the fire extinguisher. It is essential to take a moment to ensure that you are pointing in the right direction and area. The extinguish only has so much extinguishing agent, and it is crucial to expel all of it on the flames. You want to aim for the base of the fire.


Once you know you are aiming in the right direction, squeeze the handle. You can start by squeezing gently to reassure your aim, but then tightly press the handle together for the maximum expulsion of the extinguishing agent.


With the extinguishing agent dosing the flames, you want to move the nozzle in a sweeping motion covering the fire base and controlling it. With any luck, the fire will extinguish before emergency services arrive. However, if the flames, at any point, become too overwhelming, immediately exit your home, retreating to safety.

A fire extinguisher is one of the essential pieces of safety equipment every homeowner should have, but it is crucial that you understand how to use it. Contact a local fire remediation service to discuss the PASS technique further and about other ways to protect your home.

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