Ask yourself these 3 questions:
If you had to pause and think a second for an answer, that’s okay. It should be a reminder that before an emergency is the time to prepare and put forethought into your reaction to a potential situation.
Look around the work areas you are commonly in and locate the fire extinguishers. In buildings, they are usually mounted by exit doors, throughout long hallways, in laboratories & in maintenance areas. In vehicles & equipment they should be visibly mounted or, if inside a compartment have a label outside indicating “fire extinguisher inside”.
The most common ABC type fire extinguishers have a gauge indicating if they are charged. Monthly, take a quick look to make sure the needle is in the green area.
Additionally, a certified fire extinguisher technician should inspect all fire extinguishers annually to ensure their proper placement and continued compliance.
Should a fire occur remember the three A's :
Only fight a fire if...
When it is time to use the extinguisher on a fire, just remember PASS!
For more info contact:
MAFES/MSU-Extension Risk Mgmt./Loss Control 662.325.3204