August 2020 Fire Dept. Newsletter
August is here, and all of us at the Fire Department have been as busy as ever! We have been continuing to train with our new ladder truck and ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting) apparatus while trying to remain unencumbered by the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to us. Additionally, we responded to six structure fires in the past few weeks, and it brings up a topic worth mentioning – fire extinguishers!
Fire extinguishers are an important tool to have when things don’t go according to plan. Checking your fire extinguishers monthly is critical to ensure proper operation during an emergency. Make sure the pressure gauge is in the green, that the nozzle isn’t damaged, and that it is in a location that is easy to access when needed. If you need to use an extinguisher, make sure to call 911 and get the fire department on the way BEFORE you try to extinguish the fire. If you’re able to get it extinguished, the fire department can check to make sure it is fully out and didn’t extend to any hidden areas. Once you’ve made sure 911 has been notified, make sure you’ll have an escape route if the fire is not immediately extinguished and that you can stay clear of the smoke. If there is any doubt, don’t try to put it out. We would much rather show up and have everyone safe and sound outside rather than have to try to rescue an unconscious you!!!
When you are ready to use the extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS
Pull the pin.
Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
After discharging the extinguisher make sure to avoid the smoke and get to a safe area. The extinguisher powder is not necessarily toxic, but the smoke and lack of oxygen can be! If you’re not able to get it extinguished, close the door to the fire room if possible and get outside. The simple action of closing the door can help keep fire and smoke from travelling throughout a building. That’s all from the Fire Department, and until next month, stay safe!