You and your co-workers are all part of a team. In case of a fire, you will need to alert team members to help out. Firefighting tools are also essential. The best firefighting tool you can have close-at-hand is a fire extinguisher in good working condition. In many cases, the fire extinguisher alone will be enough to put out a fire in your area. In other cases, a fire extinguisher can reduce damage and limit the growth or extent of the fire. It may also buy you time as you make your escape from a potentially dangerous situation.
There are number of different types of extinguishers:
Learn to use the types of extinguishers required in your work area.
You need to know what type(s) of fire may likely occur on your jobsite. Then, you need to know what extinguisher to use for each class of fire. Read the following information to ensure you know what to do in case of a fire:
A fire extinguisher allows you to respond immediately to a fire. Go over this checklist to ensure you are prepared for all circumstances.
Often a fire will start in the storage area where a mixture of materials and chemicals create a potent or toxic fire. Be sure that fire safety plans include the use of protective clothing and devices such as self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) when required.
Take the time to practice and learn the techniques of operating fire extinguishers. Knowing you are confident with fire extinguishers will keep you calm in an emergency.
All homes should be equipped with fire extinguishers.
A good place to keep a fire extinguisher is in the kitchen. There may be Class A, B, and/or C fires there, so make sure you have the right king of extinguisher to handle the job. Dry chemical or carbon dioxide are two good choices.
By following procedures similar to those at your work site, you'll ensure the safety of your family.
By working as a family "crew" you can avoid dangerous fires and extensive damages.
Use smoke detectors, practice fire prevention at home, and know how to use an extinguisher - it's all part of the "life" plan.
The cost of fires in terms of lives, lost production, injuries and damage is very high.
A proper fire safety program will reduce the number of fires and limit damage to materials, as well as save lives.
Fire extinguishers have to be available in sufficient numbers, variety and locations, because a fire can start anywhere, any time.
For more information, refer to current applicable Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.