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"PASS" - Pull the pin / Aim at base of fire / Squeeze lever slowly / Sweeping action
on 14 January 2012
We've had one of these Kidde 1.0 kg extinguishers at home for years, thankfully unused. I've just ordered a new one because after 10 years the recharge indicator indicates recharge is necessary (i.e. cheaper to replace). It looks fine on the wall, the bracket is simple to fix. This 1.0 kg size is adequate for a bin fire or small kitchen emergency. I would say that a fire blanket is more important to have, or buy both. A smoke alarm is more important than either, so get that first!
This is useful: How to use your extinguisher:
Remember the PASS Word
Stand 6 to 8 feet away from the fire and follow the four-step PASS procedure recommended by National Fire Protection Association:
P - Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
A - Aim low at the base of the fire.
S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly to discharge the extinguishing agent. (When the agent first hits the fire, the fire may briefly flare up. This should be expected.)
S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire.
Only use your extinguisher after making sure:
All residents of the home have been evacuated to safety.
The fire brigade has been notified.
There is a clear exit behind the person using the extinguisher.
Use your extinguisher only to keep a small self-contained fire from growing, only when the room is not filled with smoke, or to create a safe pathway out of the home. Read the instructions and become familiar with your fire extinguisher's parts and operation before a fire breaks out.
Fire extinguishers are only one element of a complete fire survival plan.