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A fire extinguisher can be a lifesaver when a small fire breaks out. Still, you need to learn how to use it safely. Learn how to put out a fire with a fire extinguisher through this post that Daniel's DKI in Palm Springs has for you.

Fires are a scary occurrence. Even a small house fire can send chills down your spine. What's more, if you don't act fast and effectively, the fire can spread, and the situation can get much worse very quickly. Having the proper equipment nearby in an emergency can prevent a full-blown disaster from happening. However, not knowing how to utilize said tools effectively can do more harm than good. For that very reason, below, you'll find a guide on how you can use your fire extinguisher correctly in the event of a small house fire.

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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Learn About Your Extinguisher

Before there's even a fire to worry about, you need to take some time to learn about the extinguisher you have. Not all extinguishers are exactly the same: there are different types, different sizes, among other variables. For that reason, it's imperative that you read your extinguisher's instructions, get to know its components, and learn how much fire it can put out. This way, you'll know which steps to take to use the fire extinguisher correctly.

Think Before You Act

Sometimes it's better to call the emergency responders instead of trying to suppress the fire yourself. That's why you need to assess the fire and decide if you can take on it. Quickly look at the size of the fire, the source of the fire, the flammable objects nearby, the vulnerable beings in the space, and more, to determine your actions. If you can't deal with the situation or if you're unsure of your capabilities, it's much better to evacuate and call a professional team to remain safe.

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Employ the Extinguisher Effectively

By now, you already have a clear idea of how your fire extinguisher works, and you've decided that you can take on this challenge on your own. If that's the case, all that's left to do is employ the fire extinguisher effectively. To that end, here are a few tips you should follow:
  • Situate yourself at the proper distance from the fire, not too far or too close to the flames.
  • Take off the pin on the fire extinguisher so you can employ the lever well.
  • Hold on to the hose tightly to keep it from flailing around uncontrollably.
  • Be sure to point the hose towards the base of the flames so that you can extinguish the source of the fire.
  • Gently press the lever to fire off the extinguisher.
  • Move the hose from side to side to cover the fire in its entirety. Don't stop until you see that the fire is completely out.
  • Once you've put out the fire, wait for a couple of minutes to ensure it doesn't reignite.

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Deal with the Aftermath

Finally, you will need to deal with the aftermath of the fire. No matter how small the fire was, there are steps you will need to take to ensure all is well after you've put it out effectively. For example:
  • Open your windows and turn on your fans to ventilate the area and get rid of the smoke (which can be just as dangerous as the fire itself).
  • Remember to refill the extinguisher as soon as possible so that it won't be empty in case there's another emergency that you need to take care of.
  • Take a look around your home and assess its condition after the fire. If you deem it necessary, hire an expert team to provide fire damage repair to make your home good as new once more.

If the fire situation gets out of control, know that you can turn to Daniel's DKI to provide the emergency services you require to remain safe. Call (760) 320-2128 for emergency services and professional property restoration in Palm Springs.