The When and Where of Fire Extinguishers

coolridged_2pja27 October 8, 2019

When Do you Need Fire Extinguishers? Fire extinguishers are used in the workplace to control small fires or to facilitate escape when a fire is blocking an escape route. Unless the employer has established and implemented a written fire safety policy which requires the immediate and total evacuation of employees from the workplace in the event of a fire and includes an emergency action plan which meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.38 and a fire prevention plan which meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.39, extinguishers must be provided in the workplace. Also, regardless of whether an employer has the required emergency action and fire prevention plans, fire extinguishers must be provided if a specific OSHA regulation requires they be provided (as is the case in certain circumstances when welding is being performed).   Where Do you Need Fire Extinguishers? When determining where to place fire extinguishers, you need to decide which type of fire might occur in a specific area and the degree of hazard. The OSHA requirements for fire extinguisher distribution are as follow: · Extinguishers for Class A fires should be placed such that employees need to travel no more than 75 feet to reach the fire extinguisher. · Extinguishers for Class B fires should be placed such that employees need to go no more than 50 feet to reach the fire extinguisher. · Class C fire extinguishers should be distributed based on the appropriate Class A or Class B hazards. Class C fires are actually a Class A or Class B fire involving energized electrical equipment where the fire extinguishing media needs to be nonconductive. Therefore, if the fire hazard is more closely associated with a Class A type of fire, the distribution pattern for Class A extinguishers should be used, and if the fire hazard is more closely associated with…

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