Portable Fire Extinguishers


The Portable Fire Extinguishers course will familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage firefighting.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of Portable Fire Extinguishers training, the trainee will be familiar with:

  • Clearly explain the 4 classes of fires defined by the National Fire Protection Association
  • Discuss (with employees who have been designated to use fire fighting equipment as part of an emergency action plan) when the use of a fire extinguisher is appropriate
  • Discuss when the use of a fire extinguisher is inappropriate
  • Talk about the personal hazards involved in fighting a fire
  • Demonstrate and practice the “PASS” method for fighting fires
  • Discuss appropriate prevention measures

Additional Information

Course Length: 2 hrs

Course Required By: OSHA

CFR Reference: 29 CFR 1910.155, 156, 157

Written Exam: Test and hands-on competency will be evaluated at the end of each course. Incorrectly answered questions will be reviewed with trainee to ensure understanding before completion of course.

Retraining: Student is responsible for retraining every year.

Performance Tasks

  • Identify proper types of extinguishers to use on different classes of fire
  • Identify the proper portable fire extinguishers for class A, B, and C class fires and use it to extinguish a fire (this exercise is conducted once for each class of fire)

Safety Considerations: JSA prior to hands-on exercises.

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