Active Calls:

Fire Extinguishers

Classes of Fires

  • A Ordinary combustibles such as furniture, wood and paper goods
  • B Flammable liquids such as gas, oil, and paint
  • C Energized electrical equipment such as appliances, wiring, and machinery
  • D Combustible metals and dust such as magnesium or sodium

The letter or picture symbol will tell you for which type/class fire it is used.

Types of fire extinguishers

  • Water
  • CO2
  • Multipurpose (ABC or BC)
  • Dry Chemical
  • Purple K

Location of fire extinguisher

  • Fire extinguishers should be easily accessible and located near unobstructed exits.
  • Extinguishers should be installed away from potential fire hazards such as heating appliances.
  • Rule of thumb is to have extinguishers available every 75 feet.

Proper Extinguisher use
Make sure you are in a location where you are near an exit, so if the fire gets too large to handle you will not be trapped and still have a way out.

Use the P.A.S.S. technique to extinguisher the fire:

PULL the pin
AIM the nozzle at the base of the fire
SQUEEZE the handle
SWEEP back and forth at the base of the fire until no flames are visible

Maintenance

  • Fire extinguishers in the workplace are required to be serviced annually (by a licensed contractor)
  • They should also be checked monthly to ensure they are in working order (by a staff member).
  • The gauge should read in the green area.
  • If the gauge reads in the red area it needs to be serviced immediately.
  • If the fire extinguisher container is damaged it is considered out of order and should be serviced immediately.
  • Fire extinguishers should be serviced immediately after every use.
  • Fire extinguishers should be listed and labeled by FM factory Mutual or UL Underwriters Laboratory.

Safety

  • Always sound an alarm first, or notify someone to call 9-1-1.
  • All fires, whether large or small, should be reported.
  • The building is evacuated.
  • The fire is confined to a small area and is not spreading.
  • Your back is to an accessible exit.