With winter just around the corner, the chances of a fire at home or at work are increasing. To make sure that our employees are prepared, we held a fire extinguisher safety course on Thursday, November 19th, 2015. As we started our training, the Rock Hill Fire Department went over three simple steps on how to use a fire extinguisher. Just remember the acronym PASS: P: Pull the pin out of the handle A: Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire S: Squeeze the lever slowly S: Sweep from side to side Now, back up from the fire without turning your back to it, so you can see if there are any embers that light back up unexpectedly. Here are some other fire safety tips from the Rock Hill Fire Department: If your house is on fire once you get out, stay out. Under no circumstances should you go back into your home. Call 911 immediately. A small fire can quickly grow into a large fire in 2-3 minutes. Make sure your kids know not to hide during a fire. Show your children pictures of what a firefighter looks like when they are all suited up, so your children won’t be frightened of them in the event they are trapped inside during a fire. If you are fighting a fire with an extinguisher and the extinguisher runs out, get out! Never try to fight a house fire with a garden hose. It will not produce enough water to put out a house fire. Call your local fire department or even better, just call 911 directly. Have a meeting spot and a plan for your family, so everyone will know what to do and where to go if threatened by a fire. Have a fire drill, but don’t plan it. Set your fire alarm off in the middle of the night, but don’t let your family know. Creating a scenario that is realistic will best prepare you and your family for a real fire. Accidents do happen and the best thing to do is be prepared and ready for a “worst case scenario.” For any additional information or if you have more safety questions, contact your local fire department. For more information on how to keep your family safe during this cold season, read more in our Fireplace Safety Tips for the Cooler Days Ahead blog here: https://bit.ly/1G39BhI.