How to save your property from fire this harmattan

We are fast approaching harmattan season here in Nigeria.Usually as the case may be, the rate of fire outbreaks in homes, automobiles, bushes and even offices tend to increase this period. We are normally advised to buy fire extinguishers even traffic law enforcement agencies make it compulsory to check for this during a routine car checkup.

Having a fire extinguisher is the first and foremost way of preventing fire outbreaks. But how best can we use a fire extinguisher if the need arises?

Below are simple tips on how to effectively use a fire extinguisher

This system is known as the PASS system and it is as follows:

PULL the pin: By pulling the pin, the operating lever should unlock and allows you to discharge the extinguisher.

AIM low: Point the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire.

SQUEEZE the lever: This should discharge the extinguishing agent. Some extinguishers may have a button or other means of activation.

SWEEP from side to side: While you’re aiming at the base of the fire.You should sweep back and forth until the fire is extinguished. If the fire re-ignites, repeat the process.


With this method you can effectively use a fire extinguisher to save your property this harmattan.

But most importantly, we should ensure we do the following in such an emergency:

*Keep your back to an exit so that there is a good means of retreating from the fire

*Stand at least 8 feet from the fire before you begin PASS.


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