Project Main Details
Classes A, B, C & D. These classifications dictate the type of fire extinguisher to use.
So which fire extinguisher should be used for which type of fire? Always remember to read and look. Read the label on the fire extinguisher to determine what class of fire it can be used on. Look at the pictograph that each fire extinguisher has and identify the letter of the alphabet that illustrates the fire class that they are designed to fight.
The color of the fire extinguisher can also help identify which extinguisher to choose. Water fire extinguishers are silver while all other types are red. Let’s explore with Duke the different classes of fires and establish which fire extinguishers are best for each class.
Water or foam fire extinguishers are used on Class A fires. These fires are made up of common combustibles like wood, cardboard, paper, and many plastics. These work by cooling the fire below its ignition temperature.
Flammable liquids like gasoline and solvents create Class B fires, which require a different type of fire extinguisher. Dry Chemical, Carbon Dioxide, or Foam fire extinguishers are commonly available and work best on this class of fire. This type of extinguisher works by blanketing the fuel and interrupting the chemical chain reaction at the fuel surface.
Class C fires involve electricity and live electrical equipment such as computers, lamps, pumps and wires. Carbon Dioxide fire extinguishers are preferred for this type of fire. These extinguishers work by distributing carbon dioxide to displace the oxygen and smother the fire.
Fires involving combustible metals like magnesium, sodium and lithium, which are often more dangerous than many people realize, require class D fire extinguishers. Class D fire extinguishers contain a dry powder substance is needed.
Finally, a Class K fire extinguisher is needed for combustible cooking oils or fats used in commercial cooking appliances.
We have the following types of extinguishers at IOPS:
• Dry Chemical
• Class K
• Carbon Dioxide – in rooms with electrical equipment
• Halogenated – in and around process areas as well as in area with computer equipment
Duke now knows which types of extinguishers should be used for each class of fire. Moving forward, when evaluating his tasks, he will locate the fire extinguisher in his work area, make sure it is not blocked and establish that it is appropriate to extinguish the type of materials he will be working with.
Before we go any further, always remember, firefighters are trained to handle fires. Your personal safety is of utmost importance and you should always all the professionals to handle fighting a fire. Before you start to put out a fire, no matter what type or how small it is, remember this:
• Always sound the fire alarm and dial 911.
• Identify a safe evacuation route before you approach the fire. Never allow fire, heat or smoke to come between you and your evacuation path.
• Select the appropriate type of fire extinguisher.
• When it is feasible, dial 4357 (HELP) from a landline or 518-824-4357 from a cell phone. This will ensure another pair of eyes has looked at the fire to make sure it is completely out and a cleanup plan can be developed.
Always remember, if a fire progresses and you aren’t able to extinguish the fire by using a fire extinguisher, evacuate the building immediately.
Of course, using a fire extinguisher is not an everyday activity for Duke. Therefore, He needs to learn how to operate an extinguisher properly and get a PASS.
The PASS system is a simple way to remember the steps for using a fire extinguisher.
• Pull the pin
• Aim at the base of the fire
• Squeeze the handle and
• Sweep across the fire
Always start at the base of the fire and work up until it is completely out. You will want to read the label and start at the maximum effective range of the fire extinguisher. When extinguishing the fire, continuously look for flare ups and put them out quickly
Keep in mind that when a fire extinguisher has been used, it must be taken out of service for inspection and recharging no matter how much material has been discharged.
OSHA requires monthly visual inspections of all fire extinguishers to make sure the equipment is in good condition. The IOPS EHS Department has a program in place to ensure monthly inspections are completed. The monthly visual check includes looking to ensure the pin is sealed to the handle, the gauge reads the proper pressure, the cone is not obstructed, and the fire extinguisher is in good overall condition. Upon completion of the monthly inspection, the inspector initial and dates the attached tag. This tag serves as a visual indicator that the monthly inspection has been completed.
To reiterate, any discharged or damaged fire extinguishers must be immediately reported to the IOPS EHS Department.
Voice123 Team Comments
Voice123 consultations with this voice seeker regarding this project and/or other projects by this voice seeker, via phone, chat, and/or email.
This project - phone.
Previous projects - phone.
This project - email or chat.
Previous projects - email or chat.
Corporate web site for this voice-seeker confirmed by Voice123
Note: Voice123 strives to establish the legitimacy of all projects posted. However, Voice123 subscribers and users are responsible for confirming information stated by prospective voice seekers, agents and/or clients. Voice123 subscribers and users assume all liability for use of any information found through Voice123, or any of its publications.
This page contains the most important details of this project. If you find the information on this project inaccurate or inappropriate, please let us know by contacting us.