After a chilly winter, looks like we are finally “springing” into some warmer temperatures and more pleasant weather that is certainly welcome. Our winter was busy and consisted of servicing many of our clients’ fire protection needs. Recently though, we have been thinking up and cultivating new ways to serve our clients this spring and summer. We’ve also been ramping up to accommodate our growth and have added some new faces around the office, mine included, that are enthusiastic about making Integrated Fire Protection the one stop source when it comes to fire and life safety products and services. A few times each quarter, we will be highlighting specific services, deals, events, and cool stories about our fire and life safety professionals on our blog. Keep an eye out in the coming months for important topics like mass notification, where we will guide you in improving your company’s safety and security, while remaining compliant.
This month, our highlighted service is portable fire extinguisher training. According to the International Fire Code, 408.7.1 Employee Training:
Employees shall be instructed in the proper use of portable extinguishers and other manual fire suppression equipment. Training of new staff shall be provided promptly upon entrance on duty. Refresher training shall be provided at least annually.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 1910.157 standard mandates that as an employer you are responsible for your facility’s fire safety and evacuation plan. Whether that means all employees are trained in fire extinguisher use or just a few employees are trained, the safety of your employees should be top priority. OSHA also requires that portable fire extinguishers be available for employee use and has issued standards for the location, maintenance and class/level of the fire extinguishers.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers code D.1.1.3 states:
- Use the PASS method to operate an extinguisher
It is not enough for the protection planner to determine the hazard of a location or area within a building and then select a proper type and size of fire extinguisher to fit the hazard. He or she needs to take into account any problems of getting the fire extinguisher into action, and the difficulty of properly applying the extinguishing agent. The planner should also consider who is the most likely to use the fire extinguisher and should estimate the degree of skill or training that person should have.
That’s where we come in!
Not only can Integrated Fire Protection supply your facility with the initial installation of extinguishers and provide inspections and maintenance on all types and sizes of extinguishers, we will also professionally train your employees on proper fire extinguisher techniques. The Fire Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (FEMA) highlights that when a fire is extinguished with a portable fire extinguisher during the incipient stages of a fire, deaths, injuries, and property damage are minimized significantly. Additionally, professional employee training on fire extinguisher techniques makes emergency procedures considerably more effective.
So what’s your next step? Call Integrated Fire Protection today and schedule training for your employees. Let us communicate the necessary knowledge to your company, ultimately providing you the confidence that your employees are educated and confident in how to extinguish a fire. To speak with a fire and life safety professional, please call us at 770-458-8828 or visit our website at www.integratedfireprotection.com to view these and all the other services we proudly offer.
Before for your next scheduled training takes place, check out this video on the basics of portable fire extinguisher procedures from FEMA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?=BLjoWjCrDqg.