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How to Conduct Fire Extinguisher Training in Your Houston Workplace | SERVPRO® of Westfield

4/21/2023 (Permalink)

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No matter what type of business you run, you’re bound to have fire extinguishers carefully placed throughout the premises in case of an emergency. If a fire breaks out unexpectedly, your team’s understanding of how to use this vital tool could be the deciding factor in avoiding total disaster.

Workplace fire extinguisher training is a straightforward procedure that can prepare your team to deal with flames as soon as they appear. With a little guidance, you can instruct your team toward a fire-ready Westfield workplace!

Use our guide to arm your Westfield team with the tools they need to keep the chaos under control during a commercial fire emergency.

Start With the Fundamentals

OSHA mandates that businesses that have fire extinguishers need to instruct their commercial team on the correct way to utilize them. This will involve hands-on training paired with useful information on when to use them and the various kinds of extinguishers that are available.

Begin by teaching your staff members how to hold and aim the nozzle. Inform them to pull the pin, squeeze the handle and sweep over the flames after they’ve gotten the first step down. Notify them to remain six to eight feet away from the blaze while using the extinguisher.

Introduce the PASS acronym as a clever way to help your employees remember these steps when a crisis unfolds. Making fire extinguisher training a yearly event in the workplace is another way to help your team remember these important instructions.

Assigning roles will be most effective in keeping this lifesaving tool in the hands of experienced staff. Select the most well-trained members to be in charge of the extinguishers when the time comes to use them.

There’s a Time and a Place

Ensure your staff is aware of the distinct fire hazards located throughout your workplace that could require the help of a fire extinguisher. Go over any distinct situations or specific dangers that could lead to a fire alongside the type of extinguisher needed for every scenario. There are many different types of extinguishers, and you don’t want your team reaching for the wrong one when a fire is raging!

The most crucial point to make during your training is to know when a fire has escalated beyond the use of a single extinguisher. Although this tool can be a game-changer for businesses, some fire emergency situations can quickly get out of hand, making it risky to fight the flames alone.

Tell your staff to retreat, find safety and notify emergency personnel if a fire incident gets out of hand.

The fundamentals may appear insignificant at first, but they are the foundation of a fire-safe Westfield workplace. After you’ve mastered the hands-on fire extinguisher training, you can begin implementing a complete safety strategy to ensure every fire emergency is handled with grace!

Dealing with the aftermath of a commercial fire? Our SERVPRO specialists can restore your losses and return your workplace to its pre-fire condition.

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