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Major Study Finds Civilian Use of Extinguishers Safe and Effective

Monday, June 10, 2013  
Posted by: Tamara Matthews
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The results of this major study were shared at NAFED's 2013 conferences. Read on to discover hard data on extinguisher use.

Between 2010 and 2012, Eastern Kentucky University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute conducted a joint study on the effectiveness of ordinary people using portable fire extinguishers, and the impact of a minimal amount of training. The study concluded that "the ordinary person is able to use a fire extinguisher without hurting themselves or others" and that "participants are able to use a fire extinguisher with great effectiveness."

This landmark study found that without any training nearly all participants, 98 percent, were able to successfully use an extinguisher by pulling the pin, squeezing the trigger, and discharging the extinguisher and almost three-quarters (74 percent) used proper technique of aiming at the base of the fire and used a back and forth motion until the fire was extinguished.

Download a copy of the fact sheet.

Source: FEMA newsletter, Fire Safety Success

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