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Using Fire Extinguishers Video Program

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This Using Fire Extinguishers Video Program looks at why things burn, reviews the types of fire extinguishers that are found in facilities today, and discusses how to use fire extinguishers to fight small fires. Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. The booklet includes information on what causes things to burn, the concept of 'flashpoint', classes of fires, extinguisher labels and more. The Video Program includes information on what causes things to burn, the concept of 'flashpoint', classes of fires, extinguisher labels and more. The Video Program comes with a comprehensive leader's guide, reproducible scheduling & attendance form, employee quiz, training certificate and training log.

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Fire Extinguisher Video and DVD Excerpt: Today, we're going to learn about fire extinguishers. Burning wood and paper can be doused with a bucket of water. A small gasoline fire can be smothered with sand or dirt. A kitchen grease fire can extinguished with baking soda. But often the quickest way to put out a small fire is with a portable fire extinguisher. Fires can break out anywhere, and at any time. OSHA regulations, state organizations and fire codes require industrial facilities, office complexes and public buildings to have portable fire extinguishers located near all potential fire hazards. The department of transportation requires that all commercial vehicles be equipped with extinguishers as well. Extinguishers should be mounted on hangers or marked fire extinguisher cabinets where they can clearly be seen. Never store an extinguisher on the floor, in a closet or behind furniture, plants or decorations. When a fire starts there is no time to search for an extinguisher that works. They must be in easy reach and ready to go. Fire extinguisher inspections and maintenance should be a major part or your facility's fire prevention policy. Check extinguishers at least once a month to make sure that they are in good shape. Look them over weekly if they are located outdoors. When examining an extinguisher make sure that the pressure gauge shows that it is fully charged, the locking pin, and tamper seal are in place, the hose and horn are unobstructed and in good shape, and the metal parts are free of corrosion. Never test an extinguisher to see if it is working, once the valve has been open the extinguisher will lose pressure and my empty completely within a few days.

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