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What is your Fire Fighting Policy? Training Doesn’t Mean Becoming a Hero Many workplaces are equipped with portable fire extinguishers that can control small fires, preventing property damage and loss of life. To safely and effectively use portable fire extinguishers, employees must be trained to: • Recognize fires that can be controlled with portable extinguishers • Correctly operate the portable fire extinguisher • Use effective firefighting techniques You also need to establish a policy making it clear who is qualified to use fire extinguishers as well as the circumstances when fire extinguishers can and should be used and the proper procedures for their use. Fire extinguishers should be used to fight only small fires that have not yet spread. Portable fire extinguishers should not be used if: • The amount of smoke prevents the trained worker from clearly seeing the fire or threatens to overcome the worker. • The trained worker's escape route is or could become blocked by the fire. • Workers should not continue trying to control a fire with portable fire extinguishers if: They empty a portable fire extinguisher, but the fire is not yet out. Do not attempt to control a fire if you would need more than one portable fire extinguisher to do so.
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