Why "Fire Extinguishers" 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.
- 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, what fire extinguishers do, learn how to use an extinguisher, and learn about different fire suppressant materials.
- If you expect workers to take emergency action in the event of a workplace fire, then OSHA says you have to 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: A—normal combustibles, B—flammable liquids, C—electrical, D—flammable metals, and K—kitchen.
- Learn about the different types of extinguishers that are located in your workplace and know what classes of fire they are designed to extinguish.
- Consider fight or flight based on these conditions before using an extinguisher on a fire: The alarm is pulled; the fire department called; the fire is small; there’s not much smoke; and the exit is clear.
- And, to use an extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS.