Even if you have access to a fire extinguisher, you don’t need to use it! Underwriters’ Laboratories, the global safety testing and certification organization, recommends you only use a fire extinguisher when: The fire is small and not growing. You are familiar with how to use an extinguisher.
When should you only use a fire extinguisher?
When do you use a fire extinguisher?
- After the fire alarm has been raised and the building/area evacuation has commenced.
- The fire is in its very early stages, small in size, contained, and only requires one fire extinguisher.
Where are fire extinguishers used?
A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control small fires, often in emergency situations.
Which conditions must be present before you consider using a fire extinguisher?
Before using a fire extinguisher, make sure the fire is contained and is not spreading around the area. It is also important to make sure the room has not filled with smoke before using an extinguisher. You should also make sure everyone is evacuated from the building in case the fire spreads.
Can I use a fire extinguisher without training?
fire extinguishers should never be used by someone with no training. A person must be properly trained to use firefighting equipment. The reason for this is because it is important to know which type to use for the fire. If the wrong type of extinguisher is used, this could lead to life-threatening consequences.
When using a fire extinguisher always point the nozzle?
Stand at a safe distance from the fire (the water stream will reach at least 30 feet). Point the extinguisher nozzle at the front edge at the base of the fire (the lowest point of the fire nearest you). Remember – extinguishers are designed to be operated in an upright position. Always hold the extinguisher vertically.
What is a fire extinguisher used for?
fire extinguisher, portable or movable apparatus used to put out a small fire by directing onto it a substance that cools the burning material, deprives the flame of oxygen, or interferes with the chemical reactions occurring in the flame.
Why do we use fire extinguisher?
Fire extinguishers apply an agent that will cool burning heat, smother fuel or remove oxygen so the fire cannot continue to burn. A portable fire extinguisher can quickly control a small fire if applied by an individual properly trained.
When would it be appropriate to smother a fire with a fire blanket?
Fire blankets are only suitable when the fire is small, or Class F fires. These are especially helpful for Class F fires. These fires are typically caused by cooking fat oils. These types of fires should not be doused with water and you should use a fire blanket to put it out.
Does my office need a fire extinguisher?
The regulations state that a minimum of two Class A fire extinguishers on every floor of a building are needed, unless the premises are very small, in which case one may be acceptable. … If there is a sprinkler or automatic suppression system in place, fewer fire extinguishers may be required.
When should an employee attempt to extinguish a fire using a portable fire extinguisher?
Use a portable fire extinguisher only if the fire is small, contained to one area, and does not involve highly flammable materials. Evacuate the building immediately and call for help if the fire spreads out of control.
Do all staff need fire training?
Generally speaking, if you have one or more employees or volunteers working in your business, you have a legal duty as an employer to provide fire safety training. So, this means that everyone on your team should take a fire safety training course.