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Staying Safe:
Fire Extinguisher Training Held at the San Francisco Center
It is important for everyone to be prepared for fires that can break out in our home, school, office, and car. One essential step in fire safety is having fire extinguishers and knowing when and how to use them. When used properly, a fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or controlling it until the fire department arrives.

On Sunday, July 25, the second annual fire extinguisher training was held in the parking lot
at the San Francisco center. A member who has had a 30-year career serving the city of San Francisco as a firefighter, police officer, and paramedic conducted the training.

We learned an amazing amount at the hands-on training. We learned that we should have one fire extinguisher for every 600 square feet. There are several types of fires: A, B, C, and K. The type of fire extinguisher that was recommended is ABC, to handle those
categories of fires.

There is an excellent short training video available to everyone on the Internet describing elements of a fire, types of fires, and basics of fire prevention and fire responses that all members will benefit from viewing. Please look at
There is also an excellent Reference Library on with articles on Fire Extinguisher Types, How Fire Extinguishers Work, Using a Fire Extinguisher, Fire Prevention, Fire Hazards, and other valuable information.

The four steps for operating a fire extinguisher are Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep (PASS). Our trainer set a small fire in a metal bucket in the parking lot and we dared to practice these
steps with gusto! Sometimes we aimed too high, sometimes too low, sometimes we emptied the entire canister onto the tiny test fire, sometimes we even tried to put it out before the fire was lit! But we all came away feeling like heroes. We accomplished something. We are readied to conquer the next fire before it gets out of hand!

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