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Is Having Training in Fire Extinguisher Required?

An effective training program should cover more than the mere basics of how to operate a fire extinguisher. It should empower trainees to feel more confident in identifying sources of fire within the building as well as help them to decide how to deal with fire situations.


Trainees need to understand that there are different types of fires and not all extinguishers will work on them. If the wrong extinguisher is used, it could actually exacerbate the fire.


Trainees need to understand that there are different types of fires and not all extinguishers will work on them. If the wrong extinguisher is used, it could actually exacerbate the fire.

The five classes of fire are those involving:

  1. Ordinary materials such as wood, paper and cloth

  2. Flammable liquids such as gasoline and alcohol

  3. Electrical equipment

  4. Combustible metals such as magnesium and titanium

  5. Vegetable or animal oils

So what are some of the common classes of fire extinguishers and which types of fires can they handle?

  • Class A extinguishers are designed to combat common fires

  • Class B are used for fuel related fires

  • Class E can work for electrical fires

  • Class F extinguishers can work on oil or grease related fires.

Experts will be able to advise you as to which fire extinguishers may be needed in certain buildings/areas, and ensure your company remains compliant with current legal obligations.


WHAT ARE THE FOUR STEPS TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER PROPERLY?


Although you must undergo formal fire training to comply with OSHA, it’s helpful to have a general idea of how fire extinguishers work. Just remember to PASS:

  • Pull the pin that prevents accidental discharge out of the handle.

  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.

  • Squeeze the handle to send fire suppressant flowing through the hose and out the nozzle.

  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side until the flames are completely extinguished.

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