Welcome to all incoming students, and welcome back to all of our returning students. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 21.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER USE

Before extinguishing a fire, it is important to understand the elements that make up a fire. In order for fire to occur, three elements must be present: oxygen, fuel, and heat. This is represented by the Fire Triangle. When any of the three elements are removed, the fire will go out. Fire extinguishers function by removing one of the three components of the Fire Triangle.

Fire Extinguishers are rated based upon the types of fires they are designed to put out. These ratings are identified on the label of the fire extinguisher. Care should be taken to ensure the extinguisher chosen to put out a fire is proper for the type of fire. Listed below are the four main types of ratings.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER RATINGS

Class A Extinguishers will put out fires in ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper. The numerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher refers to the amount of water the fire extinguisher holds and the amount of fire it will extinguish.

Class B Extinguishers should be used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, etc. The numerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher states the approximate number of square feet of a flammable liquid fire that a non-expert person can expect to extinguish.

Class C Extinguishers are suitable for use on electrically energized fires. This class of fire extinguishers does not have a numerical rating. The presence of the letter "C" indicates that the extinguishing agent is non-conductive.

Class D Extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. There is no picture designator for Class D extinguishers. These extinguishers generally have no rating nor are they given a multi-purpose rating for use on other types of fires.

THE COLLEGE USES THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF EXTINGUISHERS
Water (Class A)
Multipurpose Dry Chemical (Class ABC)

HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER

PASS
Follow the PASS procedure when operating any fire extinguisher:
P:  Pull the pin.
A:  Aim at the base of the fire.
S:  Squeeze the handle or lever.
S:  Sweep from side to side.

RULES FOR EXTINGUISHER USAGE

  • Be trained in extinguisher use
  • Use on small fires that are not spreading
  • Know what type of fuel is burning
  • Before extinguishing the fire, position yourself with the exit at your back
  • Do not attempt to extinguish the fire if you are in jeopardy or feel uncomfortable doing so