When it comes to mitigating the risks posed by fire, prevention is the best weapon. Teaching employees and workers about fire safety practices is a necessary step, as is proper maintenance of facilities (especially electrical systems).
One of the most common-sense steps that can be taken is providing easy access to fire extinguishers, especially in area prone to fire – kitchens, smoking areas, “metal working areas where combustible metal powders, flakes, shavings, or similarly sized products are generated at least once every two weeks” (OSHA), and others. This simple step, along with installation of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems, can help keep fires small before they get out of hand.
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Facts About Fire by Property Type
Fire represents one of the most pervasive threats to safety in and out of the home each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), over 1,345,000 fires reported in the United States in 2015. These fires resulted in over 3,000 deaths, 15,000 injuries, and $14 billion in property damage.
Excluding homes and other residential properties, some of the areas hit hardest by fires include the following:
- Industrial or Manufacturing Properties: Estimated 37,000 fires per year, resulting in 18 deaths, 279 injuries, and $1 billion in damage
- Stores and Mercantile Properties: Estimated 13,570 fires per year, resulting in 12 deaths, 299 injuries, and $604 million in damage
- Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities: Estimated 5,650 fires per year, resulting in 4 deaths, 160 injuries, and $45 million in damage
- Schools and Educational Properties: Estimated 5,100 fires per year, resulting in 1 death, 79 injuries, and $88 million in damage
- Office Properties: Estimated 3,340 fires per year, resulting in 4 deaths, 44 injuries, and $112 million in damage
Classes of Fires and Types of Fire Extinguishers
All fire extinguishers are not created equal. Different classes of extinguisher must be used on the type of fire to be extinguished:
- Class A Fire: Involves ordinary combustible materials, such as cloth, wood, and plastics. Water and foam extinguishers or dry chemical extinguishers are ideal; carbon dioxide extinguishers are non-effective.
- Class B Fire: Involves flammable liquids such as gasoline or alcohol. Carbon dioxide extinguishers or dry chemical extinguishers are ideal; water and foam extinguishers should not be used.
- Class C Fire: Involves electrical equipment. Carbon dioxide extinguishers or dry chemical extinguishers are ideal; water and foam extinguishers should not be used.
- Class D Fire: Involves combustible materials such as metal dust. Dry powder extinguishers should be used.
- Class K Fire: Involves cooking oils or fats. Wet chemical extinguishers should be used.
It’s not enough to have the right fire extinguishers on-hand. Employees and workers need to be trained on how to respond to fires, including knowing which type is extinguisher is proper to use with different classes of fire – this can prevent injury and the inadvertent spreading of a nascent fire.
OSHA Regulations Regarding Portable Fire Extinguishers
According to OSHA regulations, when employers provide portable fire extinguishers for employee use, they “shall provide portable fire extinguishers and shall mount, locate and identify them so that they are readily accessible to employees without subjecting the employees to possible injury.”
In addition, extinguishers should be tested and maintained regularly, and “the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting.”
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