Educate Yourself & Your Employees
Did you know an employer must: Provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting. [29 CFR 1910.157(g)(1)] Provide this education when employees are first hired and once a year thereafter.
Fire Extinguisher Training
After completing the course, employees will be able to:
• Identify the different classes of fires and determine when to use each type of fire extinguisher
• Employees will be knowledgeable of the location of all fire extinguishers in their facility.
• Identify precautions that must be taken before using a fire extinguisher
• Demonstrate how to extinguish a fire using the PASS technique (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep)
• Regulations covered: 29 CFR 1910.157 (Portable Fire Extinguishers)
• Helps employees assess the situation and decide the best course of action (evacuate and report the fire or try to put out the fire using a fire extinguisher) to keep themselves and those around them safe.
The online fire extinguisher use course covers the following topic:
Classifications and Types
• Classes of Fire (A, B, C, D, K, ABC/BC)
• Fire Extinguisher Parts (operating lever/button, locking pin, carrying handle, pressure indicator gauge, hose, cylinder, label, nozzle/discharge horn)
Using a Fire Extinguisher
• Precautions (call fire department, evacuate the building, fire is confined, the source is known, safe exit, the right type of extinguisher, trained in using it)
• PASS Technique (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep)
Intended Audience: All employees (groups of 15-20)
Length: Approximately 20 minutes
The acronym PASS is used to describe these four basic steps:
- Pull (Pin) Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher, breaking the seal.
- Aim. Approach the fire standing at a safe distance.
- Squeeze. Squeeze the handles together to discharge the extinguishing agent inside.
- Fire prevention training is essential in an effort to protect against injuries, deaths,
business interruption, and property damage, resulting from fires.
- Organizations must develop a Fire Prevention Program with several key components,and employees must be trained on all aspects of the plan.
- Understanding the basic components of fire and how to protect against it , will protect
your organization from property, financial and human loss.
- Understanding evacuation methods, fire extinguisher use, and good housekeeping are just a few critical elements!