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If you are carrying passengers on a
bus and discover a fire, or danger of fire,
stop immediately in a safe location. Get
your passengers off the bus and to a safe
spot at least 35 metres (115 feet) from
the vehicle. Portable fire extinguishers are
carried in the driver’s compartment in most
commercial vehicles.

Fire extinguisher operation

Do not try to put out a fire that is
beyond your capability or that of the fire
extinguisher.

Remember, depending on the type
and size of the extinguisher, you will have
only eight to ten seconds of chemical
discharge.

Although there are different kinds and
makes of fire extinguishers, they are all
used in the same basic way.
• Remove it from its bracket.
• Approach the fire from upwind
   if possible.
• Hold the extinguisher in an
   upright position.
Remember the word PASS .

The word PASS means:

Once the fire is out, do the following:
• Replace the safety pin and return
   the fire extinguisher to its storage
   compartment.
• Note on the post-trip inspection that the
   extinguisher has been used and have
   the extinguisher recharged immediately
   or replaced.




 
   
CHAPTER TEN                                                        RESPONSIBLE DRIVING TIPS FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVERS  87

 

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