Presentation on theme: "Portable Fire Extinguishers"— Presentation transcript:
1 Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard 29 CFR PartPresented by: Andreini & Company
2 Fire Extinguishers: Agenda During this presentation, you will learn the following about fire extinguishers:When a fire extinguisher should and should not be used;How to choose the proper fire extinguisher;How to operate a fire extinguisher; andThe necessary steps to ensure your safety.
3 Fire extinguisher useFire extinguishers are designed to fight small fires in their early stages when a fire presents a relatively small hazard to the operator.When confronted with a need to use a fire extinguisher, remember: There is no property worth a human life in our facility. No one should ever feel that they are required to use a fire extinguisher, it is a judgment call.
4 When to use fire extinguishers An incipient stage fire is:SmallSlow to growMinimal smokeMinimal heatFire Extinguishers are Designedfor Incipient Stage Fires OnlyIf a fire is too large, if there is too much smoke, or if you are too frightened, DO NOT USE THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER. EVACUATE!
5 Types of Fires Fires are classified by the burning fuel: Class A (A = Ash)Ordinary combustibles (paper, wood)Class B (B = Boil)Flammable and combustible liquids and gasses (gasoline, oil, propane)Class C (C = Current)Energized electrical (motors, wires)Class DCombustible Metal (aluminum, sodium)Class KCooking fats and oils
6 Selecting a fire extinguisher to use After determining what fuel is burning, we can choose from the following types of extinguishers in our facility:Dry ChemicalCarbon dioxideWater/foamHalon/halon replacementsClass KNote: Class D fires require special extinguishers and special training
7 Fight a small fire with PASS P=Pull (pull thesafety pin)A=Aim (Aim at thebase of the fire)S=Squeeze (squeezethe operatinghandle)S=Sweep (sweep sideto side)To operate a fire extinguisher, we use this word:PASSEach letter represents one of the operations:
8 A closer look at PASS Pull -The safety pin is usually held in place by a plastic seal, it will pull off-Do not push down on the operating lever while pulling the pin, it won’t come outAim-Aim at the base of the fire, the lowest flame closest to you-The base of the fire will recede from you as you use the extinguisher, so you must adjust your aimSqueeze-The operating lever is above the carrying handle. The operating lever opens the valve when you squeeze it down. When you let go, the valve closes and the discharge stopsSweep-Sweep the nozzle by moving your arm at the elbow-Direct the discharge to cover the entire width of the base of the fire
9 Steps to take when using a fire extinguisher Alert others who are at risk from the fireActivate the fire alarm and call the fire departmentPosition yourself between the fire and an exitStay lowStart from 8-10 feet back from the fireUse the PASS systemYou need to work fast, discharge time is short: generally seconds
10 Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips Back away from the fire in case of re-ignitionAvoid breathing smoke and products of combustionAlways report fire extinguisher use to your supervisorAbove all else: Never attempt to fight a fire if your instincts tell you it is unsafe
11 ConclusionSafety is always more valuable than property. Do not use a fire extinguisher if: A fire is too large, if there is too much smoke or if you are too frightened, DO NOT USE THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER. YOU MUST EVACUATE!Always alert others at risk and activate the fire alarm or call the fire department before using an extinguisherYour safety is more important than putting the fire outAlways report use of a fire extinguisher: do not return used extinguishers to operation
12 Mark Centoni, Business Development Specialist For more informationFor more information regarding Fire Extinguisher Operation, or other safety issues, please contact:Andreini & CompanyMark Centoni, Business Development Specialist