Environmental & Safety Blog


A fire is a scary thing. Most people will either run from the building or stay and try and fight the fire. The
truth is, there are many people who do not know how to properly use a
A fire consists of three components:  oxygen, heat, and fuel. These three components combine to create a chemical reaction, but if one of these three are eliminated, the fire will die out. A fire extinguisher works by getting rid of one of the components, thus killing the fire.
There are five types of fire extinguishers:
  • Type A, used on fires involving combustible materials such as wood, paper, cloth, etc.
  • Type B, used on fires involving liquids, greases, and gases.
  • Type C, used on fires involving electrical equipment
  • Type D, used on fires involving metals
  • Type K, used on kitchen fires
Are employers required to train their employees on fire extinguishers? The answer is yes, unless the employer has established a safety plan that requires all employees to evacuate as soon as the fire alarm sounds. If this is not the plan, the employer must provide extinguishers and keep the employees trained on how to use the extinguisher. Remember the acronym PASS.
  • Pull the safety pin. (This will also break the tamper seal)
  • Aim low and point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the trigger to release the extinguishing material.
  • Sweep the extinguisher from side to side until the fire is out.
If the extinguisher becomes empty and the fire is not out, evacuate immediately.
A fire is not something to play around with. Educate your employees on the proper use of extinguishers, as well as the nearest exit point. Taking the time to do so may save lives.


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