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Fire Safety

Monthly fire extinguisher checks:

Monthly inspection of fire extinguishers shall be executed by the custodian assigned to each building/floor. They should check the following items:

  • Location in designated place
  • No obstruction to access or visibility
  • Operating instructions on nameplate legible and facing outward
  • Safety seals and tampers indicators not broken or missing
  • Fullness determined by weighing or "lifting"
  • Examination for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle
  • Pressure gauge reading or indicator in the operable range or position
  • HMIS label in place, initial and date the inspection card found on each fire extinguisher  

When an inspection of any fire estinguisher reveals a deficiency, HR and Facilities should be contacted and immediate corrective action will be taken.

Classifications of fires:

  • Class A Fires - Fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber andmany plastics.
  • Class B Fires - Fires in flammable liquids, combustible liquids, petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil based paints, solvents, lacquers, alcohols and flammable gases.
  • Class C Fires - Fires that involve energized electrical equipment.
  • Class D Fires - Fires in combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium,lithium and potassium.
  • Class K Fires - Fires in cooking appliances that involve combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal oils).