How To Use a Fire Extinguisher
Employers are typically responsible for training their employees in the use of any available fire extinguisher in the building. This relates to small fires and should cover the procedures to be used when a fire is just starting and how to recognize when employees should evacuate the building.
The P.A.S.S. Technique
One each method to help employees remember how to operate an extinguisher is to practice the P.A.S.S technique.
• PULL the pin. This quick movement should also break the tamper seal on most devices.
• AIM the nozzle low, toward the base of the fire.
• SQUEEZE the handle at the top of the extinguisher.
• SWEEP the spray from one side to another in a smooth motion until the fire is out.
Once it appears the fire has been extinguished, keep an eye on the area to be sure the fire doesn't reignite.
Operation of the Fire Extinguisher
Learning to operate a fire extinguisher isn't the only step your employees may need to take to prevent injuries and fire damage. Before an emergency situation occurs, each worker must be able to judge whether they can put the fire out or should evacuate. As the employer, you should assign reliable workers to operate the fire alarm and to call the fire department.
Safety Plans and Evacuation Display
A safe evacuation route should be displayed prominently, and an appropriate extinguisher should be chosen. Once the fire is out, your workers need to know where to gather and how to communicate during and after the emergency. These decisions are important parts of your preventative and safety plan. If you have questions about where to get an extinguisher, which type to get, and where to install the device, contact a fire remediation professional for more information.
With preventative measures are in place, your employees may be ready to respond to an office or kitchen fire. They should understand how to safely evacuate your Shoreline, WA building and how to operate the fire extinguisher. These steps could prevent serious injuries and damage. Visit https://www.SERVPROshorelinewoodinville.com/ for more information on our fire damage services.