Toolbox Talks " Fire Extinguishers" - December 17, 2015

Fire Extinguishers

INTRODUCTION

1. Review any accidents or "near accidents" from the past week.

2. Describe the hazards of the work as they relate to your project. Explain or show the SAFE way of doing the job.

3. Give the TOOL BOX SAFETY TALK

Almost all fires are small in their early stage and can be put out quickly if the proper fire extinguisher is available, and the person discovering the fire has been trained to use the fire extinguisher at hand. There are basically three different types or classes of fire extinguishers, each of which extinguishes specific types of fire.

* Class A extinguishers will put out fires in ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper. Extinguishers that are suitable for Class A fires should be identified by a triangle containing the letter "A." If in color, the

triangle should be green.

* Class B extinguishers will put out fi res in ordinary combustibles, such as wood, paper and plastic. Extinguishers that are suitable for Class B fires should be identified by a square containing the letter "B." If in

color, the square should be red.

* Class C fire extinguishers is used on fires that involve energized electrical equipment which require the use of electrically nonconductive extinguishing. Extinguishers that are suitable for Class C fires should be identified by a circle containing the letter "C." If in color, the circle should be blue. The presence of the letter "C" indicates that the extinguishing agent is non-conductive.

* Every project should have ABC class fire extinguishers during construction. The number of extinguishers required is dependent upon the project size, materials and work activity.

* Be familiar with the location of the fire extinguishers on your jobsite.

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