Course Outline - Fire Extinguishers
Distribute fire extinguisher handouts.
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Examine your facility's fire extinguishers
Provide an example of each type of fire extinguisher found in your building. Discuss the types of extinguishers, their location within the facility, how to access them, and the types of fires on which they would and would not be used. Identify the parts of the extinguishers. Pass them around so that everyone can see and handle them.
Demonstrate the use of fire extinguishers
Discuss the conditions under which a fire extinguisher would be used. Points to emphasize: 1) do not fight a fire that is larger than a desk in size, is producing black smoke, or that has flames reaching the ceiling; 2) before using an extinguisher, always make sure that the Fire Department is being called and that the building is being evacuated.
Discuss the necessary safety precautions
Identify the rules that must be followed to use a fire extinguisher safely: 1)always tell someone to call 911 before using an extinguisher; 2) stay low and keep your back to the exit; 3) if you are unable to extinguish the fire, leave and close the door behind you; 4) don't force yourself to fight any fire that makes you nervous. If you don't feel comfortable using a fire extinguisher, help others to evaucate and wait for he fire department to arrive.
Discharge extinguishers outside.
If you have extra fire extinguishers available - ones not required for building protection - employees can practice discharging them in an open outdoor area. A garbage can makes a good target and will help contain extinguishing agent if a dry chemical powder is used. Since dry chemical powder can be corrosive to some metals when combined with water, care should be taken not to use it near cars or other equipment. Each person should take a turn removing the pin, aiming the extinguisher, squeezing the handle, and applying the agent in a sweeping motion. Just a few seconds of discharging the extinguisher gives each person a feel for the real thing. Usually several people can use one extinguisher before it runs out.
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