Onsite Fire Extinguisher Training
Know what to do when fire strikes
When a fire starts, the beginning stage is called the incipient stage. This is the part of the growth of the fire when the flames begin to grow, but before a fire has taken over an entire area.
This is the best time to use a fire extinguisher — but only if you know how. Our fire extinguisher training program teaches your employees basic incipient stage fire fighting, an important skill that can help protect life and property.
In the course of our training program, your employees will learn the industry accepted standard for fire extinguisher use: the PASS technique. The PASS technique is broken down into four parts:
The first step in using a fire extinguisher is to pull the pin! The pin secures the handle when not in use so that the fire extinguisher isn’t discharged accidentally. However, when using the fire extinguisher, you want to discharge it, so the first step is to remove this hindrance to discharge the fire extinguisher and put out the fire.
There is only so much material in one extinguisher. It’s tempting to aim high, to the top of where the scariest flames reach, but it’s most effective to aim for the source of the flames, which is most often at the base of the fire. We will teach your employees the importance of aiming at what is on fire, not the flames themselves.
This is the step that can be most startling. It’s time to squeeze the handle and discharge the fire extinguisher. The easiest way to get past this startling reaction is to give your employees the chance to do a hands on demonstration so that they experience what it feels like in a controlled environment. We use the BullsEye™ Digital Fire Extinguisher Training System to provide a realistic simulation of using a fire extinguisher.
In order to make sure that you cover the entire affected area, it is important to sweep the nozzle around the affected area to put out the fire and any embers that you might not have noticed right away.
Fire Extinguisher Best Practices
It is important for your employees to know the correct types of fire extinguishers for the types of workplace fires they are likely to encounter in their specific work situation. The type of fire that can be put out with an extinguisher will be listed on the side of the canister. These types include:
- Type A– these fires turn their fuel into ash, such as wood fires
- Type B– these fires are liquid and gas fires, such as oil or gasoline
- Type C– these fires are fed by electricity
- Type D– these fires are self fed combustible metals such as magnesium or sodium
- Type K– these fires occur in industrial kitchens and are a mix of fire types
OSHA has different requirements in place for different types of workplaces. Some are more strenuous than others. In order to serve you best, consult with us on what type of industry you are in and we will be sure that your training fits your regulations.
Any workplace’s emergency action plan should include training on workplace fire safety and the principles of fire extinguisher use. Having the training performed onsite, in the familiar surroundings of the workplace, can help your staff react faster when they need to fight fire.
Call us today at 1-800-695-5655 for a quote on our onsite fire extinguisher training programs.