Why Fire extinguisher training is really important
by: Alex Pericleous
In an instant, fire can strike and devastate the lives of all involved. Property damage, injuries, loss of revenue, and even death can result from fire. Knowing what to do in the event of a fire and how to properly attack a fire are extremely important pieces of knowledge that should never be ignored. Fire extinguisher training is one of the foundational skills to be prepared for an emergency. There is much more to fire extinguisher training than knowing where the device is located. Prepare yourself with some important tips on using fire extinguishers properly.
Some of the most critical tips in fire extinguisher training include:
- Types of fire extinguishers – these life saving devices can quickly be used to prevent further damage or injury. But if the wrong fire extinguisher is used it can cause panic or make matters worse. The types of fire extinguishers are –
- Class A – these extinguishers are designed to address most common fires including wood, paper, and rubbish.
- Class B and C – for fires that were ignited from chemicals use a B or C class extinguisher. Chemicals can include cleaning solutions, oil, and grease.
- Class D – these extinguishers fight fires started from metallic compounds, commonly found in industrial or manufacturing plants.
- Class E – for electrical fires utilize this type of extinguisher designed to counteract the electrical source of the fire.
- Class F – specifically designed for cooking and kitchen areas, these fire extinguishers can be used for grease and oil based fires.
- Location of Fire Extinguishers – as part of fire extinguisher training, learning the location of the different devices is key. The extinguishers should typically be placed in easily accessible areas such as near doorways, hallways or stairs.
- Risks near you – most businesses understand the need to have the appropriate type of fire extinguisher near higher risk areas. For example, a class E extinguisher may be placed near electric-powered industrial equipment, while a Class F might be located in a kitchen.
- Operation – a fundamental part of the training will include how to properly approach and use an extinguisher to fight the fire.
- When to evacuate – some fires can get out of control quickly, and normal fire extinguishers may not be enough. Learn how to judge the magnitude of a fire before it overwhelms you and help others to evacuate the area quickly and safely.
Fire extinguisher training is nothing to be taken lightly. With the proper instruction and some practice drills, you and your location can be protected and help to reduce your fire risk. Fire Safe Services is the premier service provider for training, assessment, maintenance and help with fire extinguishers and other fire safety needs. Leverage Fire Safe Services to make sure you are properly prepared.