As part of ICG’s toolbox talks, we make sure to train every employee in fire extinguisher safety. First and foremost, it is vital that each employee knows where fire extinguishers are located. Each fleet truck has a fire extinguisher. Our offices have several locations where fire extinguishers are located, should the need arise. Another key part of fire extinguisher safety is inspecting the fire extinguishers. Per OSHA, portable extinguishers should be visually inspected monthly. In addition, they are to be subjected to an annual maintenance check.
While performing a monthly visual inspection, the employee should be looking for physical damage, including corrosion. The pressure gauge should be check to ensure the indicator is in the operating range. The pull-pin should be in place and not missing, with an intact deal. Check the date that the fire extinguisher was last professionally inspected. If everything looks to be ok, then sign and date that it was inspected. However, if there is an issue with the fire extinguisher then it must be taken out of service and replaced.
Employees are trained using the P.A.S.S. Method to familiarize themselves with how to use a fire extinguisher.
- P– Pull the pin that unlocks the operating lever. (Some models may have other lever-release mechanisms.)
- A– Aim low. Point the extinguisher nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.
- S– Squeeze the lever above the handle to discharge the extinguishing agent. To stop the discharge, release the lever. (Some models may have a button instead of a lever.)
- S– Sweep the nozzle or hose from side to side. Moving carefully toward the flames, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth.