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Now that you have bought and put in place your new fire extinguisher, do you and your employe's know how to use them? As per ( OSHA 29 cfr 1910.157 )
"Where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, 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 fire fighting."
Failure to do so exposes your business to OSHA penalties and possibly provides grounds for lawsuits against you. Many insurance policies encourage ( through discounts) or mandate fire equipment training programs.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Even though extinguishers come in a number of shapes and sizes, they all operate in a similar manner. Here's an easy acronym for fire extinguisher use:

P A S S -- Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep
Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that keeps the handle from being accidentally pressed.
Aim the nozzle toward the base of the fire.
Squeeze the handle to discharge the extinguisher while standing approximately 8 feet away. If you release the handle, the discharge will stop.
Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire. After the fire appears to be out, watch it carefully since it may re-ignite!
Congratulations -- you did it
The above is a basic simple rule of thumb to use when operating fire extinguisher's however we also do life fire extinguisher Training with the bullex automated system.

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