Compliance Training is required.
Federal regulations require that employers who provide portable fire extinguishers in the workplace, also provide training in their use. Firesafe Equipment Co., Inc, offers customized, on-site compliance training on fire extinguisher use. Our program utilizes open discussion, video, actual hands on training, and when desired hands on with live fire. Firesafe Equipment Co., Inc, also provides personalized training for customer personnel who are responsible for conducting conduct monthly extinguisher checks.
Classes of Fires and types of extinguishers
Class A Fires
Involves ordinary combustibles such as wood, cloth, paper, cardboard, rubber, and many plastics. Types of extinguishers: water, multipurpose dry chemical agents, halogenated agents, wet chemical agents and foam. Warning: It is very dangerous to use water or a fire extinguisher labeled only for class A fires on a fire involving flammable liquids or energized electrical equipment.
Class B Fires
Involves flammables such as gasoline, oil, grease, tar, oil-based paint, lacquer and flammable gas. Types of extinguishers: carbon dioxide, multipurpose dry chemical gents, halogenated agents an foam (for liquids only)
Class C Fires
Involves energized electrical equipment – including wiring, use boxes, circuit breakers, machinery and appliances. Types of extinguishers: carbon dioxide, multipurpose dry chemicals, halogenated agents.
Class D Fires
Involves combustible metals, such as magnesium, lithium and potassium. Types of extinguishers: Dry powder agents approved for use on the specific combustible metal hazard.
Class K Fires
Involves combustible cooking oils and fats. Types of Extinguishers: Wet chemical agents and dry chemical agents.
Before you attempt to fight a fire in the workplace:
- Sound the alarm. Make sure that someone is notifying the fire
department and that people are evacuating the building
- Evaluate the fire. Determine whether you can safely fight the fire with the extinguisher you have at hand. If hazardous or flammable materials are near the fire. The situation might be quite dangerous. It might be best to leave the building and let trained fire fighters handle the fire.
- If the smoke is very heavy or building up rapidly, leave immediately.
- Make sure you know how to properly operate the fire extinguisher and the right way to fight the fire.
- Make sure you have an unobstructed escape to your back, in case you cannot extinguish the fire
- Approach the fire cautiously and be ready to evacuate quickly if conditions change.
- Know how to use the extinguisher. There is no time to read directions during an emergency.
Products & Services Available
- Hand held portable and wheeled fire extinguishers
- Wet chemical systems for restaurants
- Industrial dry chemical systems
- Dry chemical systems for gas stations
- Engineered clean agent systems
- Engineered carbon dioxide systems
- Sale and service of portable fire extinguishers
- Annual on site inspections of fire extinguishers in accordance with NFPA guidelines and standards
- Site surveys and facility evaluations for fie extinguishes selections an placements
- Training of customer staff for conducting monthly extinguisher inspections in accordance with NFPA standards