When a fire occurs, you have to think and act fast. Do you evacuate or stay and fight the fire with an extinguisher? This training course covers the safe use and handling of portable fire extinguishers by employees designated or allowed to put out fires in their initial or beginning stage. We’ll discuss what causes fires and how fire extinguishers put out fires. You’ll learn about different classes of fires, the type of extinguisher to use on each class of fire, as well as how to use a fire extinguisher correctly. And, you’ll learn about different fire suppressant materials.
Why “Fire Extinguishers Safe Use and Handling (Spanish)” Matters:
A fire extinguisher is a safety necessity in any home, office, manufacturing facility, construction site, and even vehicles.Workplace fires and explosions injure more than 5,000 workers each year and fatally injure more than 200 workers each year. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers provide proper exits, fire equipment, and training to prevent fire-related deaths and injuries in the workplace.It is important to understand what causes a fire and what fire extinguishers do, to learn how to use an extinguisher, and to learn about different fire suppressant materials.
If you expect workers to take emergency action in the event of a workplace fire, OSHA says you must train each and every one of them to use extinguishers safely and effectively.
Choosing the right type of extinguisher for the fire is crucial—otherwise, you could spread the fire instead of extinguish it.
Office of Compliance inspectors found 40 fire extinguisher violations during the 2005 Office of Compliance Safety and Health inspections of Capitol Hill. Such violations will fail to prevent small, manageable fires from becoming large, potentially dangerous ones.
29 CFR 1910.157
- The fire tetrahedron is a great way to help remember that a fire needs oxygen, fuel, heat, and an uninhibited chain reaction to continue.
- The fire hazard classes are normal combustibles, flammable liquids, electrical, flammable metals, and kitchen.
- Learn about the different types of extinguishers that are located in your workplace, and know what classes of fire they are designed to
- Consider fight or flight on the basis of these conditions before using an extinguisher on a fire: The alarm is pulled; the fire department is called; the fire is small; there’s not much smoke; and the exit is clear.
- To use an extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS.”