COR, Safety, CSAM

Safety Inspection: Fire Extinguisher

My first experience with a Fire Extinguisher was in grade 5 while making myself lunch, something caught on fire. I called my mom to ask how to use the fire extinguisher that I had just ripped off the wall. Fortunately the fire was small and by the time I started to figure it out, the fire was out. No one had ever taught me to that point, or even after, the basics of Fire Extinguisher use! It is only recently that I have learned the term P.A.S.S. Pull the pin, Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire, Squeeze the trigger, and Sweep the area.

Those are the basics. Teach them to your kids, to your friends, learn how to do this!

COR, Safety, CSAM

Safety First

But there is more! How do you know the fire extinguisher will work when you go to use it? It is important to inspect your fire extinguisher regularly! And it is easy!

Check Gauge: Have a look at the gauge and ensure that it is still reading in the “green” safe charge area. A reading outside of this area will require the fire extinguisher to be serviced.

Safety Pin: Ensure that the pin is securely in place and its removal will not be hampered in any way.

Tie Bracket: Ensure that the tie bracket is functioning properly and that the release is in good working order

Tamper seal: Ensure that the tamper seal is in place. If there is no seal on the fire extinguisher, then tag out the extinguisher and send it for service.

Nozzle Tips: Look at the nozzle tip to ensure that there are no obstructions in the tip. If it is a horn style, place your hand in the horn to ensure that there are no obstructions. (Nests)

Vibrations: can affect the performance of the fire extinguisher. When a fire extinguisher is attached to a moving vehicle vibration from the vehicle will be transferred to the fire extinguisher. This action will cause “settling” of the sodium bicarbonate.

Date and initial Card on Fire extinguisher


It is that easy!

I would love to hear about how you are keeping safe at your work place!

This information is for reference only, and AXIS is not liable for the use of this information and any incident, death or injury occurring from the use of this information.


Bonnie Pankratz


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