Fire Extinguisher Basics

10-3-2016-how-to-use-a-fire-extinguisherTo avoid putting workers in danger, fire extinguishers should be located throughout the workplace and readily accessible in the event of a fire. You can usually find them in hallways, meeting rooms, kitchens, mechanical /electrical rooms, and near exit doors.

Employer Responsibility:

  • Providing portable fire extinguishers and mounting, locating, and identifying them so that they are readily accessible to employees without subjecting the employees to possible injury.
  • Providing the correct type of fire extinguisher for the workplace. This is often times a multi-purpose fire extinguisher.
  • Assuring that portable fire extinguishers are maintained, fully charged, operate properly, and are kept in designated places at all times, except during use.

Your Responsibility:

  • Knowing where the fire extinguisher’s are located at your place of work.
  • Knowing how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Just remember PASS:
    Pull the pin
    Aim at the base of the fire
    Squeeze the lever
    Sweep sided to side.

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