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OSHA Guidelines for Fire Extinguisher Usage in Heritage Bay

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

The letters OSHA written on a paper on a clipboard. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO® of East Naples knows that understanding the proper use of fire extinguishers can help prevent fire from destroying lives in Heritage Bay. Just having a fire extinguisher nearby is not enough.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. OSHA also requires monthly inspections for fire extinguishers. OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged. The carrying handle should be 3-1/2 to 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of East Naples suggests asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers in your Heritage Bay business: 

  • Can everyone get out?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it?
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Do I have an escape route?
  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO of East Naples reminds you that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 911 once you are outside.

SERVPRO of East Naples is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.157

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

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