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Fire Extinguisher Use
If fire extinguishers are available for employee use, it is the employer's responsibility to educate employees on the principles and practices of using a fire extinguisher and the hazards associated with fighting small or developing fires. This education must be provided annually and when a new employee is first hired.
Employees who have been designated to use fire extinguishers as part of the emergency response plan, must be trained on how to use the fire extinguishers appropriately in the workplace. This training is a specialized form of education that focuses on developing or improving skills and it must be provided annually and when employees are first assigned these duties.
The following steps should be followed when responding to incipient stage fire:
Most fire extinguishers operate using the following P.A.S.S. technique:
If you have the slightest doubt about your ability to fight a fire....EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!