If a fire extinguisher is to be easily found during a fire emergency, it must be properly selected, located, mounted, and identified with signing before being put in place. It also requires proper maintenance and regular inspection to ensure that it is always charged and operational.
If an employer expects employees to use fire extinguishers against any fires that break out in a workplace, the employer must have emergency action plans that detail the types and locations of the extinguishers, as well as employees’ roles during fire emergencies. Not every employee at a facility is required to be trained to use a fire extinguisher. In fact, employers are permitted to have every single person in the building evacuate instead of requiring anyone to use a fire extinguisher.
Many facilities use a hybrid model, training particular employees to use fire extinguishers and requiring all others to immediately evacuate. Anyone authorized to use fire extinguishers must receive proper training during initial employment and retrained annually. Use this Toolbox Talk for both types of employees—to reinforce training or the need to evacuate.
Make It Personal: Locate the nearest fire extinguisher and fire alarm pull station. Identify a spot where a fire could break out, as well as the evacuation path to use if the extinguisher cannot overcome the fire.
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