Office fires are more common than you might think. A lot of high stress environments focus on efficiency and progress, but they hardly ever emphasize on safety. Office fires can start due to little things like faulty/ cross wires, un-extinguished cigarettes, over heating machinery, etc. Without proper safety measures, these fires can harm office equipment, furniture, the entire structure and in rare cases, even the life of employees. And the thing that can help you avoid all this is a simple and easily available fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers are mandatory as per office buildings safety regulations. So for your own safety, and for the safety of the people and things around you, it is best that you learn the basics of how they work and how to use them in case of an open fire in the office, at home or in your car.
Six Basic Types of fire extinguishers
- Water: Used to extinguish fire from a distance using high-pressure throw of water.
- Dry Chemical: Available in many sizes and used to douse fires for easy clean ups.
- Carbon dioxide: Expensive but effective, can be used for any situation.
- Clean Agent: Extinguishes the fire easily but requires large clean up.
- Wet Chemical: Designed specifically for kitchen use.
- Dry Powder: Expensive but covers more ground and effectively contains fire.
The Proper Techniques of Using a Fire Extinguisher
- Assess the intensity of fire before getting too close.
- Investigate the cause. If you think the fire might’ve started as a result of chemicals then steer clear and wait for fire fighters.
- Do not inhale fumes, cover your nose and mouth at all times.
- If you think the fire is small, and contained within a specific area then you can try using a fire extinguisher.
- Before directly attending to the fire, test the fire extinguisher to make sure that it is actually working.
- Cover the entire area with the fire extinguisher spray. Make sure that anything burning, including all the embers are completely covered.
- When the situation has been contained, step away from the area and wait for the cleanup crew.
How to Avoid/Contain Office Fires
- Make sure that there are multiple fire extinguishers available in each office.
- Fire extinguishers should be placed near all the exits and entrances.
- All employees should have access to a portable fire extinguisher near them in case of electrical fire.
- Designated smoking areas should have signs reminding the employees to properly extinguish a cigarette before discarding it.
- The designated smoking areas should also have proper ventilation and have at least two fire extinguishers.
When it comes to fire, it is better to be safe than sorry. So think about stocking up now.
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