Fire Extinguisher 101

by Rodenie Sevilla and Mary Grace Sevilla

Summer is coming. Can you feel the heat already?

As we all know, March has been declared as Fire Prevention Month due to a high number of fire incidents during this period.

Are you familiar with the fire extinguisher? A fire extinguisher is a portable or movable apparatus used to eliminate or put out a small fire. There are four types of fire extinguishers:

Class A: Used for ordinary solid combustibles such as paper, wood, cloth, and some plastics.

Class B: For flammable liquids such as alcohol, ether, oil, gasoline and grease, which are best extinguished by smothering.

Class C: For electrical equipment, appliances and wiring in which the use or a nonconductive extinguishing agent prevents injury from electrical shock. Do not use water.

Class D: For certain flammable metallic substances such as sodium and potassium. These materials are normally not found in a medical facility. At NLEX, fire extinguishers are strategically installed in every building. The question is, do we know how to use it?

Here are some basic steps on how to use fire extinguisher:

1. Locate the fire extinguisher – you may find it placed on a mounted wall bracket or a wooden stand.

2. Break the seal.

3. Remove the safety pin.

4. Detach the discharge hose from the clip.

5. Point the discharge hose at the base of the fire.

6. Press the handle or release lever.

Hope this article helps. Let’s all be aware of safety and prevention, and be vigilant!

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