Fires can occur in any building and can range from a small fire that’s easily put out to a large fire that engulfs the entire building. It can be extremely dangerous for anyone who is inside the building at the time. Those who want to ensure their business is as prepared as possible will want to look into Fire Extinguisher Training to ensure their employees are ready to handle small fires before they grow and to ensure they know when to get out of the building and leave the firefighting to a professional.

Why Is Training for Using a Fire Extinguisher Important?

 
Most people don’t already know how to use a fire extinguisher properly and incorrect use can be deadly. They may have the basic idea of how one works, but many people don’t know when to use the different types of fire extinguishers and will not have time to read a chart or try to figure it out once a fire has started. Once a fire begins, using the wrong fire extinguisher can mean the fire becomes worse incredibly fast. Not knowing how to use the fire extinguisher could mean the extinguishing agent is depleted before the fire is contained. Proper training alleviates these worries and ensures employees understand what to do and what to use when a fire starts to have a better chance of containing the fire.

Basic Tips for Using a Fire Extinguisher

 
Using a fire extinguisher takes four steps: pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep. A person should choose the correct type of fire extinguisher for their needs first. Then, take the following steps to put out a fire. Remember, if the fire does not respond to the extinguishing agent or grows too large at any point in time, it’s a good idea to go ahead and leave the building and let emergency personnel take over.

  • Pull the pin at the top of the fire extinguisher and test to ensure it works.
  • Aim the fire extinguisher toward the base of the fire, being sure to stay a safe distance away.
  • Squeeze the handles to discharge the extinguishing agent.
  • Sweep side to side at the base of the fire while slowly approaching and direct the extinguishing agent toward the flames to ensure the entire fire is contained and put out.

Which Fire Extinguisher Should be Used?

 
Part of Sunshine Coast Fire Extinguisher Training is learning which fire extinguishers should be used with which type of fire. There are six basic types of fire extinguishers that are commonly used in Australia and each one includes a different extinguishing agent and different classes of fires that can be used. The classes of fires include:

  • A – Wood, paper and plastic
  • B – Flammable and combustible liquids
  • C – Flammable gasses
  • E – Electrically energized equipment
  • F – Cooling oils and fats

The fire extinguisher types have a colored band to show what type they are and the classes of fires they can be used on:

  • Water – only useable on Class A
  • Wet Chemical – Class A and F
  • Foam – Class A and B, limited use on Class F
  • Powder – Two different types of powder extinguishers, ABE can be used for Class A, B, C, DE, and BE can be used on B, C, E, F.
  • Carbon Dioxide – Class E, limited use on Class A and B
  • Vaporizing Liquid – Class A and E, limited use on Class B and C

While this article does cover the basics of using a fire extinguisher and the types of extinguishers to use, Fire Extinguisher Training in the Sunshine Coast should be done by a professional. This can help ensure all employees are aware of and know how to follow the procedures according to Australian standards. Contact FCF National today for further information about training from professionals.