Safety tip: keep and check fire extinguishers

May 8, 2020
Written by wpengine

A fire extinguisher can be a very effective tool to have at the ready at your workplace.

The most common type, the A-B-C fire extinguisher can be used on all types of fires and will work on combustible materials, electrical and flammable liquids. You should check on what your local code requirements are regarding the number to have on hand as well as placement heights.

If you are ever put in a situation to use a fire extinguisher, the P.A.S.S. system is an effective way to take care of a small fire.

P-pulling the pin. A-aim at the base of the fire. S-squeeze the handle. S-sweep side to side. Additional information can be found at RS SafetyTV or in the RS Safety Library Please make sure you include this information as part of your new hire orientation.

It’s also important to know that state Labor & Industries requires that fire extinguishers be checked every month. You need to keep a log of the day you checked to make sure the extinguisher is ready to use. This could be a part of your safety binder. Look at the pressure gauge, trigger handle, hose and overall condition of the container. If any part is damaged, replace immediately.

Do not write on the extinguisher tag. WRA employs Rick Means as Director of Safety and Education. He’s available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943.9198 x118 or [email protected].