A checlist on how to manage fire risk

Here are some basic fire safety tips, and checklists on how to manage fire risk.

All three elements need to be present to start a fire:

  • oxygenfire
  • heat
  • fuel.

Use the correct type of extinguisher for the correct class of fire you are dealing with. You need to perform a risk assessment at your work environment to establish what type of fires you can be exposed to.

classes of fireHow to use a fire extinguisher

The Extinguisher consist of the following parts:fire extinguisher

  • Safety pin
  • Gauge
  • Valve
  • Discharge Hose
  • Siphon Tube (Inside).

Use the PASS method to extinguish the fire

PASS fire methodP – Pull the pin.

A – Aim at the base of the fire

S – Squeeze the lever.

S – Sweep from side to side.

Fire fighting tips

  • All fires CAN BE very dangerous and life-threatening.
  • Your safety should always be your primary concern when attempting to fight a fire.
  • Consider what to do – FIGHT or FLIGHT

fire extinguisherGeneral fire requirements at your workplace

  • Fire Extinguishers are not to be blocked or Material Packed in front of them – huge problem especially in offices.
  • Fire Extinguishers should be placed not more than 46 metres apart to ensure that people do not travel more than 23 metres to get an extinguisher.
  • Extinguishers should not be erected more than 1,5 meters from the floor.
  • Extinguishers to be inspected once a month.
  • Extinguishers and other fire equipment locations must be clearly demarcated and signs should be visible from a distance.
  • Extinguishers should be placed in escape routes where possible.
  • All people intending to use the equipment to be properly trained.
  • Always maintain good housekeeping in the work area.
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2 Comments on "A checlist on how to manage fire risk"

  1. Jan.Venter | 21 July 2014 at 13:05 |

    Please if any training materials regarding fire fighting with a possibly video available can you sent me a quote for a packages,My reason for applying for this is that I’m in the training market and it will be very helpful.Thanks Jan

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