Fire Extinguishers - The Never List

Nov 30 08:44 2010 RJ Sullivan Print This Article

Fire Extinguishers are one of the most important parts of fire safety.  Knowing when, how and where to use these valuable tool can save lives and property.

Fire Extinguishers are an critical part of every fire safety program. Training all your employees on the proper use of extinguishers will make your workplace a much safer one. Fire situations are stressful and they are no time to learn how to use an extinguisher. A trained professional from the fire department should be used in this capacity. Here are a few things never to do with an Extinguisher.

Never us a Extinguisher without knowing what class of fire it is designated for. Fire Extinguishers are specifically made for the class of fire they need to extinguish. Using the wrong class of Fire Extinguisher could make a fire worse.

Never test an extinguisher to see if it's working. This could cause it to lose pressure. Instead check the extinguisher for corrosion,Guest Posting make sure the pressure gage shows full and the locking pin and tamper seal are in place and lastly have a professional check the extinguishers once a year.

Never place an extinguisher in a closet, on the floor or behind anything. An extinguisher needs to be ready at a moments notice and should be in an unobstructed, conspicuous position.

Never start to put out a fire until you know your escape route. In a fire situation, things can escalate quickly and you want to make sure you have a quick way out if smoke or gases fill the room.

Never use an extinguisher until you have called 911 and sounded the alarm. These two steps are the priority.

Never closing nearby doors and windows will limit the fire's supply of oxygen.

Never open a closed door to fight a fire. Once a fire has started and it is behind a closed door that door should not be opened. The quickest way for a fire to spread is to give it an open door. Smoke could overcome you and an open door gives a fire more oxygen.

Never fight a fire with a fire extinguisher if the smoke is strong. Smoke inhalation kills more people than actual fire.

Training employees on Fire Extinguisher use may someday save your company's property or maybe even an employees life. Get proper training for your local fire department and teach everyone more about this important fire fighting skill.

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RJ Sullivan
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Charlie Bentson King is a Vice President for Workplace Safety Videos - a distributor of safety training videos and safety DVDs.

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