Fire Extinguisher Knowledge Is Critical
Protecting Tenants in Your Connecticut Property
Would you know how to use a fire extinguisher in the event of an emergency? Would your staff members and coworkers know which extinguisher to choose and how to discharge it safely?
While many buildings are stocked with extinguishers at key locations, their effectiveness is lost if people are afraid to use them in an emergency or simply don’t know how to use them safely.
Ready to set up fire safety training for your employees? We offer fire protection and fire safety training services throughout Hartford, Bridgeport, Norwalk, and the surrounding cities in Connecticut. Contact us online to schedule a training session today!
Fire Safety Training in Connecticut: The Statistics
Nearly three in four Americans have never used a fire extinguisher, according to polls. More than half of adults surveyed by Harris, 55 percent, have never used or received training on the proper operation of a fire extinguisher. According to the NFPA, “Once a fire begins its size and intensity can double in just 60 seconds.” This makes quick action critical if a fire breaks out. Fire extinguisher training helps to ensure proper use and confidence in the event of an emergency.
At a recent Fire Protection Team training session at a local nursing home, most employees claimed to have knowledge of the acronym PASS – a commonly used reminder of the steps involved in fire extinguisher use (see below). However, after an on the spot quiz from the FPT trainer, it was clear they were a bit unsure.
Life Safety Codes require both the placement and training in the proper use of fire extinguishers in commercial buildings. In fact, training sessions are required by OSHA requirement 1910.157(g)
“Where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting.”
Fire Protection Team training sessions are designed to both satisfy the OSHA standard and prepare employees for an emergency.
Our Fire Safety Training in Connecticut
How does a training session work? Prior to the training event, Fire Protection Team sets up a tub filled with water with a pipe running underneath that delivers propane to the tank to act as fuel for the fire. This demo setup is designed to maximize the safety of all participants and our staff. The propane tank we use is much like one used on a gas grill, and it allows us to turn the fire on or off with the twist of a dial. Additionally, using propane ensures there is no mess left at the site of the demo. CO2 extinguishers are used to ensure no powdery mess is left at the site.
Fire Protection Team provides all the extinguishers needed for the training. The trainer reviews topics such as types of fires, various types of extinguishers, proper use of a fire extinguisher, and most importantly what to do in case of an emergency.
The PASS Acronym for Fire Extinguisher Use
The acronym PASS provides a convenient way to remember the necessary steps for fire extinguisher use.
P – Pull or twist the pin, essentially breaking the seal and “unlocking” the extinguisher.
A – Aim at the base of the fire, standing 6 to 8 feet away.
S – Squeeze the lever on the top releasing the agent used to extinguish the fire.
S – Sweep across the base of the fire.
After each individual successfully extinguishes the fire, the trainer answers any questions or concerns that may have come up throughout the training.
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