proper use of portable fire extinguishers can extinguish many
fires while they are still small. You should be aware, however,
that the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) should be notified
without delay as soon as any fire is discovered.
The FDNY regulates the number, type, and placement of the
portable fire extinguishers that are required for any building.
These portable fire extinguishers are an important part of
an overall fire safety program. It is important to keep in
mind that the successful use of portable fire extinguishers
depends on the following:
portable fire extinguishers are properly located and in
- the portable fire extinguishers are of the correct type.
- the fire is discovered while still small enough for use
of the portable fire extinguishers to be effective.
- the fire is discovered by persons who are ready, willing,
and able to use the portable fire extinguishers.
Also, you should know that portable fire extinguishers are
valuable for immediate use on small fires. They contain a
limited amount of extinguishing material and need to be used
properly so that this material is not wasted.
In some cases, OSHA
may require that an employer provide education to its employees
on how to use the portable fire extinguishers that are located
in the workplace. Generally, operation instructions are provided
on the side of the fire extinguisher. They clearly describe
how to use the extinguisher in case of an emergency. An example
of these instructions is shown below.
P A S S -- Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep