A new study conducted by the Cintas Corporation has revealed that more than half (55 percent) of adults have never used or received training on the proper operation of a fire extinguisher.
“Our survey findings suggest that this is a real issue unless more people receive proper training on how to use a fire extinguisher,” says Tommy Thompson, Vice President of Cintas Fire Protection, a corporation dedicated to providing specialized services to businesses of all types throughout the country. “Whether you’re at home or at work, knowing how to properly operate a fire extinguisher can mean the difference between life and death.” A fire extinguisher is a crucial tool in fire prevention, often used to cease the spread of fire before it reaches dangerous levels in a variety of environments. Unlike some fire prevention tools, fire extinguishers are readily available and sold commercially throughout the country.
Improper use of a fire extinguisher can potentially make a fire much worse, allowing it to spread and cause more damage. Thankfully, NFPA has assembled a comprehensive list of safety tips and instructions surrounding fire extinguishers that can help you learn the proper techniques and necessary safety precautions you should take when using an extinguisher. NFPA urges you to use portable fire extinguishers only when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
Be sure to check out NFPA’s fire extinguisher information so you’re better prepared!