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Question Fire Extinguishers

5 months 2 weeks ago #41415 by ChrisKJS
I imagine most of us work in potentially high fire risk areas in schools, surrounded by various fire extinguishers. Have any of you been given instructions telling you when these should be used to attempt to tackle a fire.

Our policy basically says if you discover a fire sound the alarm and evacuate from the building.

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5 months 2 weeks ago #41416 by D.B.Ferguson
We had a "course" delivered by the company that supplies the fire extinguishers for school. Interesting and used a selection of extinguishers against a glorified gas barbecue. Worth doing as you would be surprised how few people can operate these effectively.
To sum up: don't use unless trained and you are not alone, then only use one (of the correct type) and make sure someone else has called the Fire Brigade.

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5 months 2 weeks ago #41417 by AndyG
Same here. Training with refresher every two or three years. Can be quite enlightening and confidence building for the inexperienced.

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5 months 2 weeks ago #41419 by woody
Yes by the Fire Brigade, it used to be a yearly refresher when I worked in industry, but I was always told the first action should be to raise the alarm and start the evacuation process. We used to have a variety of extinguishers for different types of fire for some reason we only seem to have the carbon dioxide type now.

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5 months 2 weeks ago #41421 by AndyG
We used to have fire blankets and dry powder in each lab with water in the corridors but have rationalised to fire blankets and CO2 in labs with water in the corridors. We still have two powders but only for the prep room and chem store.
We do have sand buckets too so if there's a metal burning risk we tend to put one of those in 'just in case'. Technically we don't have enough risk to justify sand but it's good for disposal of spent sparklers.

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