This session will guide you through a variety of topics that will help you understand, prevent, and control workplace fires. By the time the session is over, you will be able to understand what causes a fire to start and how they continue burning; recognize the different classes of fire; take measures to help prevent fires at work; understand what a good fire prevention plan contains and know how to implement one; tell the difference between the different types of fire extinguishers; understand how to use a fire extinguisher; and understand the requirements enforced by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) for both fire prevention and portable fire extinguishers.
Why “Fire Prevention and Extinguishers in California” Matters:
Workplace fires are a very real threat. Every year, workers in California die from workplace fires. Each year, there are approximately 70,000 to 80,000 serious workplace fires in the United States, resulting in more than 200 deaths and 5,000 injuries. Statistics from the Fire Protection Research Foundation indicate that communities with aggressive fire prevention programs are likely to be involved in 75 percent fewer structural fires, 90 percent fewer injuries, and 70 percent less property damage. A well-planned and well-executed fire prevention plan is a less expensive and more effective way of combatting workplace fires than reactive fire suppression activities. In case a fire occurs, proper fire safety can save lives by minimizing the panic by instructing workers on procedure, including how to use a handheld fire extinguisher. Understanding how to use a handheld fire extinguisher can prevent a small fire from becoming a huge blaze, while saving lives and valuable resources. Remember, with the proper understanding and a plan of action, every death and injury caused by workplace fires can be prevented!
- Know what causes fires, so that you can take measures to prevent them.
- Always use good housekeeping and be mindful when working in conditions in which fires can ignite.
- Have a written fire prevention plan to keep everyone on point.
- Know your ABCs—understand the different classes of fire along with the corresponding fire extinguishers that fight them.
- Be prepared to use a fire extinguisher in case the need arises—know where they’re stored and how to use them.
- Remember, don’t be a hero. Exiting the building and calling 911 is always the best choice when a fire can’t be controlled. Let the professionals handle it.