What you should know..
Before attempting to use a fire extinguisher always raise the alarm to warn others and to get the fire department on the way. Remember fighting a fire can put your life in jeopardy never fight it alone always raise the alarm!
If in a building with a fire alarm, you must pull the fire alarm to warn others. If the building does not have a fire alarm call 911 or have someone do it for you before your attempt to fight the fire. Only attempt to fight small fires, about the size of a trash can is a good reference.
If you have had formal training on the use of a fire extinguisher you must remember it is a voluntary act in the work place please don't feel you must fight the fire it's better to evacuate if for any reason you are not comfortable.
If you fight a small fire in your home remember to warn all others in the house, have them leave the house and call 911 for you from a safe place. Use the extinguisher and leave the house immediately and wait for the fire department DO NOT RE-ENTER YOUR HOME
let the fire department do there job. Fire can strike any time and can re-ignite even if you attempt to extinguish it!
Know which Extinguisher to use!
A class fires are normal every day combustible materials like wood, trash and paper, we can remind ourselves what an A class fire is if we remember things that make an "ash". It is important to know that not all portable fire extinguishers can put out an A class fire. Water is acceptable on these types of fires.
fires are very dangerous they include flammable liquids and vapours. We can remind ourselves how to identify a class B fire is if we remember things that "bubble or boil". It is important to know that not all portable fire extinguishers can put out a B class fire. Never use water on a burning liquid. Using water on a liquid fire can cause it to spread!! C class
fires involve anything that can operate with electricity. These are very dangerous and remind yourself how to identify it by remembering things that have "current". It is important to know that not all portable fire extinguishers can put out a C class fire. NEVER USE WATER!!!! Using water with this type of fire can cause electrocution or serious personal injury. Remember the acronym, "P.A.S.S."
P — Pull the Pin. A — Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the flames. S — Squeeze trigger while holding the extinguisher upright. S — Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, covering the area of the fire with the extinguishing agent.
Ontario Fire Code
All occupancies covered by the Ontario Fire Code require monthly and annual inspections of portable extinguishers. Any dry chemical extinguisher, whether for private or commercial use, must be disassembled, inspected internally and re-built every 6 or 5 years and hydro statically tested every 12 years. Extinguishers containing other agents are subject to other periodic maintenance.
Inspections of your portable fire extinguishers is the law in Canada Article 18.104.22.168 Unless otherwise specified, the owner is responsible for carrying out the provisions of this Code.
Article 22.214.171.124. Where this Code requires that records of inspections, maintenance procedures or tests be retained for examination by the authority having jurisdiction, such records shall be retained during the required time interval between the inspections, maintenance procedures or tests, or for 2 years, whichever is greater.
Article 126.96.36.199. A written record shall be kept of all tests and corrective measures for a period of two years after they are made, and the record shall be made available upon request to the authority having jurisdiction.
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Portable Fire Extinguishers are essential for controlling a fire before it gets out of control. A partially charged, or neglected extinguisher may not be reliable in a fire situation. All occupancies covered by the Ontario Fire Code require monthly and annual inspections of portable extinguishers. Any dry chemical extinguisher, whether for private or commercial use, must be disassembled, inspected internally and re-built every 5 or 6 years and hydrostatically tested every 12 years. Extinguishers containing other agents are subject to other periodic maintenance.
Fire Alarm Systems
Fire Alarm Systems are required to be maintained in operable condition at all times. As well, fire alarm systems shall be inspected in conformance with ULC-S536 and the Ontario Fire Code. This code requires monthly and annual testing. Records must be kept by the building owner/manager for examination by your insurance company and/or the authority having jurisdiction. Only technicians who have completed the Canadian Fire Alarm Association Technician Education Program, or an equivalent course may perform repairs and inspections.
Sprinkler Systems Automatic Sprinkler Systems (wet and dry) are required to be maintained in operable condition at all times. Maintenance and inspection is required monthly, quarterly and yearly as mandated by the Ontario Fire Code. These inspections ensure the sprinkler systems are operable and ready for use should the need arise. Records of your sprinkler systems must be kept by the building owner for examination by your insurance company and/or the authority having jurisdiction.