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Fire Extinguishers

Companies should ensure there is sufficient number of employees trained to use the fire extinguishers within each location of the office premises.
It is important the fire extinguisher operator assesses the fire type and uses the correct appliance i.e. using a water extinguisher on an electrical fire may result in electrocution.

To operate a fire extinguisher (PASS).
  • Pull the safety pin.
  • Aim the hose at the base of the fire standing at a safe distance.
  • Squeeze the lever to discharge the extinguishing agent.
  • Sweep the hose from side to side until the fire has been extinguished. Watch the area in case of re-ignition.
The most common type of fire extinguisher found in an office premises are;

Water
  • Class A fires (fire involving solids) i.e. paper, wood, cloth, plastics, etc.
  • Danger of electric shock if used on electrical appliances.
AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam)
  • Class A fires (fire involving solids) i.e. paper, wood, cloth, plastics, etc.
  • Class B fires (fire involving liquids) i.e. grease, fats, oils, paint, petrol, etc.
  • Danger of electric shock if used on electrical appliances.
Foam
  • Class B fires (fire involving liquids) i.e. grease, fats, oils, paint, petrol, etc.
  • Danger of electric shock if used on electrical appliances.
CO2
  • Class B fires (fire involving liquids) i.e. grease, fats, oils, paint, petrol, etc.
  • Safe if used on electrical appliances.
Dry Powder
  • Class A fires (fire involving solids) i.e. paper, wood, cloth, plastics, etc.
  • Class B fires (fire involving liquids) i.e. grease, fats, oils, paint, petrol, etc.
  • Safe if used on electrical appliances but may damage equipment.