Get familiar with fire extinguishers
Don’t forget to make sure your fire extinguishers are working and accessible in case of a fire. It’s also a good idea to post a map of extinguisher locations and exit routes from your workplace.
The most common A-B-C extinguisher can be used on all types of fires. It will work on combustible materials, electrical and flammable liquids. You should check on what your local code requirements are regarding how many extinguishers you need and the recommended height to mount them on walls.
When using an extinguisher to fight a small fire, try to remember the PASS system. It’s an acronym for how to use an extinguisher:
- P means pull the pin
- A is for aim at the base of the fire.
- S is for squeeze the handle.
- S is for sweeping the contents in a side to side motion.
Check with your local fire department about visiting your office or plant to provide a live demonstration on use of an extinguisher. Such a demonstration should be part of a new hire orientation.
WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943.9198 x18 or email@example.com.