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Fire Extinguisher Use Quick Take on Safety

Quick Takes are scripts that serve as short safety talks to remind staff about safe work practices. This Quick Take covers the types of fire extinguishers, and when and how to use them. Quick Takes help keep safety in the forefront of employees’ minds and demonstrate a commitment to safety on the part of the organization by improving safety culture. The Quick Take also offers an opportunity for employees to ask questions, discuss safety topics and develop solutions to specific hazards while encouraging communication.

Fire Extinguisher Use Quick Take Training Overview and Objectives

  • Overview: Covers the types of fire extinguishers, and when and how to use them.
  • Purpose: Remind employees about how to fight incipient fires and when it may be appropriate to do so.
  • Preparation:
    • Read and become familiar with this Quick Take. Change as needed to reflect procedures and personnel in your department.
    • Review the emergency action plan for fires for the organization (see notes).
    • Consider bringing a fire extinguisher to show the type and symbols.
  • Handout: Quick Review of Safety: Fire Extinguishers
  • Notes: Review the emergency action plan for the organization in the event of a fire. If the plan states that all employees are expected to evacuate a building promptly and that they are not expected to fight fires, employees need not be trained about fire extinguisher use.  Certain employees may require fire extinguisher training, such as first responders, if they may be expected to put out fires. If employees are required to put out fires, they must be trained initially and at least annually thereafter. Consider consulting with the local fire department or vendors to conduct live trainings with real fires and fire extinguishers. This training is designed as a reminder or refresher to supplement such training. For more information, please review the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Standard 1910.157 Portable Fire Extinguishers.

Supervisors typically give the Quick Take talks during regularly scheduled or informal meetings. To improve their effectiveness as a training tool, all Quick Takes should be modified to reflect the needs and situations of your specific workplace. Quick Takes are not designed to take the place of regular formal training.