DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – When it come to using a fire extinguisher or water hose to fight a fire, there are times when it might be vital to have them close by, but other times when you should leave fighting the fire up to the fire department.
Moraine Fire Marshal Doug Hatcher says first try and get out of the building safely. It might sound simple, but Hatcher says some people think about putting the fire out themselves first.
“If you decide you are going to fight the fire with the extinguisher you got to make sure you have a garden hose or exit to your back,” Hatcher said. “You don’t want to get trapped inside the house. Making sure that you have that and the fire is very small that would be the only opportunity you would have to do that.”
Hatcher says the fire shouldn’t be any bigger than an adult-sized jacket if you were to lay it out across the floor. He uses a fire extinguisher simulator to show why a fire extinguisher is only to be used to fight a small fire. A fire extinguisher lasts roughly 8 to 10 seconds.
“If you have to use it to knock the fire out to get by it. It’s not designed to fire the fire on a big scene,” Hatcher said. “You want to have an exit to your back so you can get out.”
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