# Your question: How many extinguishers should you use on a fire if it is safe to do so?

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## How do I calculate how many fire extinguishers I need?

Size and layout of the room: The square footage of a building and its layout will determine the number of fire extinguishers needed. For example, NFPA code states that there should be no more than 75 feet between fire extinguishers.

## How do you use a fire extinguisher safely and effectively?

How to operate a fire extinguisher

1. Pull (Pin) Pull pin at the top of the extinguisher, breaking the seal. …
2. Aim. Approach the fire standing at a safe distance. …
3. Squeeze. Squeeze the handles together to discharge the extinguishing agent inside. …
4. Sweep.

## How many extinguishers should you use on a fire before leaving the building?

How many fire extinguishers do I need? The regulations state that a minimum of two Class A fire extinguishers on every floor of a building are needed, unless the premises are very small, in which case one may be acceptable.

## When can you safely use a fire extinguisher?

You should only consider using a fire extinguisher if all members of your home have been alerted to the fire and the fire department has been called. Also, make sure you are safe from smoke and that the fire is not between you and your only escape route.

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## How many fire extinguishers do I need per square foot?

(a) Fire Extinguishers and Small Hose Lines. (1) A fire extinguisher, rated not less than 2A, shall be provided for each 3,000 square feet of the floor area, or fraction thereof. Where the floor area is less than 3,000 square feet at least one extinguisher shall be provided.

## What is 13 a fire extinguisher?

Fire extinguishers for use on Class A fires, flammable solids such as paper, wood, textiles, are rated on their ability to extinguish test fires. The test rating is clearly displayed on the extinguisher label. … As a general rule one 13A extinguisher covers 200 square meters.

## What is the best defense against fire?

As always, the best defense against a fire is to be prepared. Take a moment to look at your fire extinguisher.

## What to do with fire extinguisher after using it?

Fire extinguishers need to be recharged immediately after each use. Even if the extinguishing agent inside was not completely discharged, the extinguisher still needs to be serviced in order to make sure it’s ready for its next use.

To comply with fire safety legislation, it is a legal requirement to have an ‘appropriate person’ who is trained to carry out fire safety measures. … fire extinguishers should never be used by someone with no training. A person must be properly trained to use firefighting equipment.

## What are the 2 golden rules when fighting a fire?

When considering whether to tackle a small fire yourself if you discover one, always bear in mind the golden rule of fire safety; If in doubt, get out, stay out and call the Fire Brigade immediately.

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## What size fire is too big to handle yourself?

Every 60 seconds a fire can double in size. If the fire covers more than 60 square feet, or can’t be reached from a standing position, you should call the Fire brigade.