SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties - Fire Extinguisher Tip
SERVPRO® Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties knows that the proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent fire damages and injuries from destroying lives.
Fire extinguishers effectively put out 80% of all fires. Homes and businesses alike should have fire extinguishers on hand and ready at all times. At this time, there is not a law stating that a propery owner must install fire extinguishers in their homes, businesses with 5 or more employees are required by the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) to maintain fire extinguishers in their facilities. Businesses are required to have one fire extinguisher every 3,000 square feet, and are required to train employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. Training must be provided to new employees, as well as maintained once yearly.
OSHA requires all fire extinguishers to be inspected visually each month, as well as an annuall maintenance check on each fire extinguisher. Fore extinguishers are to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged and the carrying handle should be 3 ½ to 5 feet above the floor.
Questions to Ask Yourself About Using a Fire Extinguisher:
- Have I pulled the fire alarm?
- Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
- Do I know how to use it? [Look up PASS here]
- Is the fire contained in a small area?
- Is the smoke non-toxic?
- Can everyone get out?
- Do I have an escape route?
If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.
SERVPRO® Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties reminds you that fire moves and builds at a rapid pace. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area, and call 9-1-1 once you are outside.