Because of the dynamics of staff duty in the Education industry, having good Fire Training is much more critical than ever before so that panic and injury can be averted. Fire Safety usually means having enough emergency procedures in position like fire extinguisher training and conducting regular fire drills to ensure that in the event of a fire, everybody understands what they should do.

Additionally, it means understanding what comprises a fire risk within the school environment, along with executing the appropriate risk assessments and taking sensible measures to mitigate preventable fire hazards.

In many cases fire extinguishers are the first line of defense and often contain or extinguish a fire, preventing costly damage. Fire extinguishers are extremely important as they are the most commonly used for of fire protection.These often overlooked devices can be a key component towards keeping schools safe during a fire emergency situation.

Knowing the proper way to handle fire extinguishers and the skills required to use fire extinguishers is necessary if you want to stay safe in any fire emergency situation. Fire extinguishers become even more important in school as they are the first line of defense.
 

Fire Extinguisher Training:

 
The basis for the program:

  1. Identifying the risks in the workplace
  2. Locations of the fire extinguishers
  3. Operating the fire extinguishers
  4. When to abandon fire

 

How to use a portable fire extinguisher

 
To abide by the rules, only persons with proper training can use a fire extinguisher. Directions are most likely printed on the extinguisher, but you can call a qualified fire technician to teach you comprehensively how to use one. To start with the basics, you can always refer to the acronym PASS:

How to Use Fire Extinguisher

P – Pull the pin used to lock the handles.
A – Aim at the base of the fire. It is where the fuel source is located.
S – Squeeze the handle to discharge the agent.
S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side to completely extinguish the fire.

 

Basic Tips for Using a Fire Extinguisher:

 

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  • No one should ever operate a fire extinguisher unless it is safe. If in doubt, a person should leave the scene of the fire and call for help.
  • To use a fire extinguisher, one must first pull the safety pin. When the safety pin is pulled, this will break the seal.
  • It is best people work in pairs when trying to extinguish a fire, for safety purposes.
  • One should approach a fire from a safe distance so they can extinguish it without fear of being burned or consumed by smoke inhalation.
  • It is important a person carefully squeezes the two handles together to discharge the extinguisher. To stop extinguishing the fire, simply let go of the handles.
  • One should always use a sweeping motion when attempting to extinguish a fire. Once the fire appears to be out, it is important to look for smoldering areas that may need to be sprayed again.

In the end, there is nothing more essential than protecting the lives of students and school staff. To conduct fire emergency training for your school it is best to work with a training provider that has extensive experience in this area and understands the Australian Standards.