F. S. T. Course Agenda
• Why do we provide this training to our SDKC colleagues?
• What are the most common causes of fire in the workplace?
• What is expected of me in the event of a fire?
• How to determine the classification of a fire.
• How to determine the correct fire extinguisher in the event of a fire.
• How to use a fire extinguisher.
• Who is responsible for reporting and prevention of fires?
• When should you attempt to put out a fire?
• Helpful tips to prevent a fire in your area.
Why do we provide “Fire Safety
Training” to our employees?
• To provide our employees with a workplace that is
educated on not only the prevention of fires, but
also the tools necessary to assess a situation and
possibly extinguish a fire to prevent personal or
• OSHA mandated.
What does OSHA say?
1910.157(g)(1): Where the employer has provided
portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the
workplace, the employer shall also provide an
educational program to familiarize employees with the
general principles of fire extinguisher use and the
hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting.
1910.157(g)(2): The employer shall provide the
education required in paragraph (g)(1) of this section
upon initial employment and at least annually
Causes of Fire
• Faulty Electrical Equipment/Wiring
• Poor House Keeping
• Overloaded Electrical Circuits
• Over Heating of Equipment/Servers
• Carless Disposal of Cigarettes
• Spontaneous Combustion(Exposed to
What to do in the event that a Fire
RESCUE anyone in immediate danger from
the fire, as long as it does not put your life in
ALARM: sound the alarm by yelling “FIRE
FIRE FIRE”, calling 333 on any SDKC phone
line, and by activating a pull station alarm box.
CONFINE the fire by closing all doors and
windows, restricts oxygen from fueling the
EXTINGUISH the fire with a fire extinguisher, or
EVACUATE the area if the fire is uncontrollable.
Classifications of Fire
• Class A: Fires involving ordinary combustible materials,
such as paper, wood and textile fibers.
• Class B: Fires involving flammable liquids such as
gasoline, thinners, oil based paints and greasers.
• Class C: Fires involving electrically energized equipment.
• Class D: Fires involving combustible metals such as
magnesium, sodium, potassium, titanium, and aluminum.
• Class K: Fires involving commercial cooking
appliances with vegetable oils, animal fats, or fats at
Choosing the Correct Fire Extinguisher
• Water normally used to cool and blanket the fire.
• Carbon dioxide, dry chemical and halogenated agents.
• Carbon dioxide, a nonconducting gaseous clean agent, used to
smother the fire.
• Special dry chemical agent required for specific hazardous metal.
• Most of our portable fire extinguisher are designed to
be used on multiple type fires, a similar label will be
affixed to the extinguisher identifying its purpose.
How to use a Fire Extinguisher
To use a fire extinguisher correctly, remember
the P.A.S.S. acronym:
PULL the pin on the fire extinguisher.
AIM the extinguisher nozzle at the base
of the fire.
SQEEZE or press the handle.
SWEEP from side to side until the fire
is out, and use the extinguisher until it
is completely empty.
Use a portable fire extinguisher
• Building is being evacuated.
• Fire Department/Security has been called (dial 333).
• Fire is NOT spreading (small and contained).
• EXIT IS CLEAR (fight fire with your back to an exit).
• You have been trained and know how to use an extinguisher!
• You use the “Buddy System” – have someone back you up!
• Get assistance before trying to fight a fire!
If the fire is producing large amounts of smoke that
you would have to breathe in order to fight it, it is best
not to try. Any sort of combustion will produce some
amount of carbon monoxide, but when synthetic
materials such as the nylon in carpeting or foam
padding in a sofa burn, they can produce highly toxic
gases such as hydrogen cyanide, acrolein and
ammonia in addition to the carbon monoxide. These
gasses can be fatal in very small amounts.
10 Ways to Prevent a Workplace Fire:
1. Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fire as a fuel source.
2. Properly dispose of oily rags in a labeled covered metal container.
3. Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction.
4. Report electrical hazards. Only qualified persons can make repairs.
5. Never block sprinklers, fire fighting equipment or emergency exits.
6. Use and store hazardous chemicals safely, be familiar with its MSDS.
7. Use all precautions to prevent ignition when exposed to flammable liquid vapors.
8. Smoke only in designated areas, and fully extinguish smoking materials.
9. Post emergency telephone numbers as well as the company address by the phone.
10. Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.