Safety Tips from the Park Forest Fire Department

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— The Park Forest Fire Department reminds all residents that all homes should be equipped with at least one all-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher. This kind of fire extinguisher is often labeled as an ABC Extinguisher which can be used to extinguish class A (ordinary combustibles like wood, cloth or paper), class B (flammable liquids such as gasoline or grease) and class C (fire involving electrical equipment such as a toaster or computer) fires. It is important for extinguishers to be properly mounted and that everyone in the house learns to properly use the extinguisher in case a fire occurs.

When using a fire extinguisher remember the keyword PASS – Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.

  • Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base (bottom) of the fire.
  • Squeeze the extinguisher handle.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side while continuing to direct it at the base of the fire.

Do not use a fire extinguisher in an emergency if:

  • You aren’t sure it’s the right extinguisher for the type of fire.
  • You’re too nervous or forget the keyword PASS.
  • The fire is bigger than a typical trash can.
  • Flames are quickly spreading.
  • The fire looks as though it could block your escape route.

If you cannot quickly and easily extinguisher the fire, leave the building and wait for the fire department to arrive.

Source: Village of Park Forest Weekly Manager’s Report, April 15, 2009.