OSEA Safety News

Is Your Fire Extinguisher in Good Order to Protect you?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

If you have been through Fire Extinguisher training you are familiar with the PASS method. The acronym stands for” Pull Aim Squeeze & Sweep.” How do you know if your fire extinguisher is in good working order? First, in choosing the correct extinguisher make sure you choose the class that correlates with the type of potential fire you may encounter. There are five categories, they are as follows:

  • Class A- ordinary combustible materials (paper, wood)
  • B-flammable liquids (gasoline)
  • C-electrical components (electrical wiring)
  • D-reactive metals
  • K-oils and fats (kitchen grease).

The A-B-C fire extinguisher can be used on all kinds of fires except reactive metals.

Your fire extinguisher should be inspected monthly. Here are the steps to a proper inspection:

  • Ensure the extinguisher is visible, clear, and in its proper location.
  • Confirm the locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is still undamaged.
  • Examine for blatant damage, leakage, corrosion or a clogged nozzle.
  • Verify the pressure gauge is in a feasible position or rand and lift to make sure the powder is full.
  • Operating instructions should be clearly displayed on the nameplate and easily readable.
  • Certify that the life safety company providing your extinguisher has performed maintenance on your extinguishers within the past 12 months.
  • Fill in the back of the tag with your initials and date of inspection.

Inspecting your extinguishers to make sure they are ready in case of an emergency should be a top priority and part of any routine monthly inspection of other equipment.

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