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Fire extinguishers are usually the first line of defense when a fire breaks out. They are small and portable enough to allow somebody to put out a relatively small fire before it spreads. In spite of their size, they have proven to be very effective and this is why having them in your building is usually a requirement in commercial settings.
However, once you buy some fire extinguishers, it's important to ensure that they are accessible and easy to use when the time comes. How can you achieve this in your building?
Pick the Right Location
There are several questions that you need to ask yourself when you're choosing a location to install your fire extinguisher. Some of these questions are:
Is this fire extinguisher visible from a distance?
Is this location close enough to areas where the risk of fires is high?
Is the location secure or out of the way to prevent accidental or intentional tampering when there's no fire?
Picking an ideal location is the first step in ensuring that anyone who might need the fire extinguisher will be able to reach it in time. However, they shouldn't be too close to areas with a high risk of fires as this could make them inaccessible.
Choose Right Fire Extinguisher Size
Portable fire extinguishers come in different sizes. Some weigh only 4 pounds while others weigh as much as 20 pounds. A 20-pound fire extinguisher's main advantage is that it has more of the extinguishing compound whether that's water, carbon dioxide, dry chemical, etc. However, the larger the fire extinguisher is the less portable it becomes.
When putting out fires, speed is just as important as the means used to put out the fire. Choose an extinguisher size that's manageable by anyone in the building.
Train Building Occupants on How to Use Fire Extinguishers
The use of fire extinguishers can be daunting for someone who has never used one before. This is because there are several steps in the process i.e. removing the pin, aiming the nozzle and squeezing the handle. It's not unusual for someone to skip one or two of these steps on their first try.
Building occupants should be trained on how to use fire extinguishers to ensure they're not fumbling for a few minutes as they try to figure out how the thing works. An untrained person could also waste the extinguishing compound if they don't know where to aim. Contact a company like Amerisafe and ask them to come and train your employees.