Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Fire Extinguisher Instructions

A note from Prof. Carlo Sequin:

  1. On the floorplan near the exit stairs locate the symbols for the fire extinguishers.
  2. Go to that spot in the corridor, look for an unobtrusive chrome panel at hip level (no - nothing bright red, as you might expect, and no - it is NOT the white metal panel at eye level).
  3. Read the fine red hard-to-read print (if it is there at all):
    B  P
    R  U
    E  L
    A  L
    K
       T
    G  O 
    L
    A  O
    S  P
    S  E
       N
    

    Break Glass Pull To Open.

    Which means:

    1. Push the glass panel inward by about 3/4 of an inch (it is held in place by two wimpy metal clamps).
    2. With your fingers reach inside the metal panel near the lock, and give it a medium-strong yank to open the panel. (There is a little plastic part that keeps the panel closed).

Please don't go and actually yank open the panels; the plastic latch is not designed for frequent use !

I will try to get some nice red decals, say a red "F" in a circle, and more readable, easier-to-understand (horizontal) instructions:

PUSH IN GLASS
YANK DOOR OPEN

Summary

If you are called on to use your extinguisher to fight a fire, just think of the word PASS: