How to Use a Fire Extinguisher – Step by Step Guide

Hopefully, you’ll never be in a fire and so you’ll never need to know how to use a fire extinguisher.

But of course, fires DO happen. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in a recent year there were nearly 1,300,000 fires in the US, and they caused nearly 3,300 deaths, 16,000 injuries, and nearly $12 billion in losses/damages.

So we should all hope we’re never involved in a fire, but we should also learn how to use a fire extinguisher just in case.

To help, we’ve put together this fire extinguisher guide, which presents the proper way to select and use a fire extinguisher, and also gives you some guidance about when you should use a fire extinguisher instead of simply getting to safety and when you should evacuate if the fire gets too big despite your efforts.

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Online Industrial Electrical Training Courses

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Engineers, electricians, and other workers who directly deal with electricity are at a great risk of suffering from a life-threatening electric shock. Although rare, life-threatening electric shocks occur when the body is exposed to the path of a strong electric current. Life-threatening symptoms from electric shock include muscle pain, contractions, severe burns, seizures, and unconsciousness. In these cases, call 911 immediately.

Even if you or one of your coworkers seem to have no injuries or just minor injuries, the victim should still visit the doctor to check for internal injuries.

Training and strong safety practices can reduce the likelihood of being injured by electricity. Convergence Training offers a wide variety of industrial maintenance and skills training courses. These training videos can teach you about a variety of topics including various skills and safety practices in manufacturing and industrial fields. Here are some of the courses offered by Convergence Training that teach you more about electrical skills and safety.

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Types of Fire Extinguishers – Which One To Buy

We can all agree that it’s a good idea to have fire extinguishers at work (and the home, too). In fact, OSHA has rules about that (though, of course, with some exceptions).

But not all fire extinguishers are the same. There are different types.

Which leads us to the all-important question: If you ARE going to buy fire extinguishers, what type should you buy?

We’ll explain the different types of fire extinguishers in this article to you and give you the information you need to understand the different fire extinguisher types and select the right extinguishers for your workplace.

We’ll tell you what you need to know about fire extinguisher types and how to select the right ones for your workplace in this article, but you may also want to do some self study to learn what fire really is, how it works, and how it’s put out. Some people talk about this in terms of something call the fire triangle, and some refer to the fire tetrahedron. Read more about the fire triangle and fire tetrahedron here.

Before you begin, you may also be curious about how a fire extinguisher works. Here’s an explanation taken from a short sample of our Fire Extinguisher Safety online training course.

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5 Office Safety Tips and Training Topics

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While we most often associate workplace injuries with construction, drilling, mining, or manufacturing jobs, injuries can occur even if you spend most your workday sitting at a desk. Therefore, office safety training is vital to creating a safer workplace. A clutter-free office environment and first-aid training can go a long way in ensuring occupational safety at the office.

We’ll give you some tips for keeping safe in the article below.

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Fall Protection Training Updated to Comply with New Changes to OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Rule

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As you may know, OSHA recently finalized a rule to update their Walking-Working Surfaces standard and their Fall Protection standard. In particular, the new rule updates standards addressing slip, trip, and fall hazards in Subpart D and adds additional requirements for personal fall protection systems in Subpart I.

In this article, we’ll point out some of the major changes that affect fall prevention and protection training. We’ll look at other consequences of the changes in future articles as well. In doing so, we’ll demonstrate how we’ve changed our own online Fall Prevention and Protection course to match the new final rule.

In addition to all that, we’ll give you some additional useful information too, such as what the purpose of the new rule is, how employers will benefit from it, and information about effective dates.

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What to Teach Employees About Operating Fire Extinguishers

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Wondering what the OSHA fire extinguisher training requirements are for employers? If so, then this is the article you’ve been waiting for.

We’ll tell you what employers have to give fire extinguisher training to employees, why, and what kind of fire extinguisher safety training, if any, they have to provide.

So if you’re ready to learn more about all things related to OSHA fire extinguisher training, read on.

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Developing Learner-Centric Safety Training: See Our New Article in ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

We’ve published another in a series of articles related to safety training in the May issue of Professional Safety, the official magazine of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Also, hot tip–we hear they’re changing their name to the American Society of Safety Professionals, or ASSP. There’s a new logo coming, too. More on that when we find out more.

The series of articles provides tips for better safety training, and takes as a starting point some key parts of the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard on Effective Safety Training. In this particular article, we focused on how to develop learner-centric safety training. Which is a fancy way of saying how to develop safety training that focuses on the learning needs of the learner. Seems logical when you put it that way, no?

We encourage you to check out the ASSE, their Professional Safety magazine, and of course their ANSI Z490.1 standard for Effective Safety Training. Also, be aware that ANSI and ASSE are beginning the process of creating ANSI Z490.2, which will deal with online or “virtual” safety training. We’re on the committee to create that standard and you can read more about that here.

Finally, we’ve got some safety-training-related freebies for you. To learn more about developing learner-centric safety training, download our free Guide to Effective Safety Training at the bottom of this article. It’s based on Z490.1, by clicking the large download button at the bottom of this article.

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OSHA Fire Extinguisher Mounting Height, Placement & Signage Requirements

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In some cases, OSHA requires employers to have fire extinguishers at work, and in other cases, employers will choose to provide fire extinguishers. In either scenario, if a company will place portable fire extinguishers in the workplace, it’s important to know OSHA requirements covering mounting fire extinguishers and fire extinguisher placement as well as as OSHA fire extinguisher signage requirements.

We’ll cover each of those three issues–fire extinguisher mounting height, fire extinguisher placement, and fire extinguisher signage requirements–in this article.

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The Training Within Industry Job Methods Program: Encouraging Innovation for Continuous Improvement

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The Training Within Industry Job Method program provides a method for making more products, of the same or higher quality, in less time and/or with fewer resources.

As author Donald Dinero puts it: “TWI (and Job Methods) helps organizations make the best use of available resources to produce GREATER QUANTITIES of QUALITY PRODUCTS in LESS TIME. What is less obvious is that it does so by leading employees to critical thinking, i.e., by developing a learning organization.”

Interested?

Let’s take a step back before we begin.

Training Within Industry, or TWI, was an American job training program that originated around the time of World War II (and has deeper roots in American job training programs back to World War I). It’s also at the roots of what’s now known as Lean Manufacturing. Training Within Industry had four programs: Job Instruction (JI), Job Methods (JM), Job Relations (JR), and Program Development. Job Instruction, Job Methods, and Job Relations are commonly referred to as the J programs.

This article is one in a series of articles we’ve written looking at Training Within Industry. Other articles include:

In this article, we’ll focus on the Job Method (JM) program. We find the Job Method program especially exciting because it’s a great way to empower workers and their supervisors to be creative and innovative at work. These are skills that are increasingly important in the modern workplace and will be even more so in the workplace in the future (dominated by advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, etc.). So while the TWI Job Method program began in the past, we think it has a lot of value for manufacturing in the present and future.

Before we begin, you may want to know we also have an article that essentially introduces lean manufacturing (What Is Lean? Introducing Employees to Lean Manufacturing). And in particular, the Job Method program has a lot of similarity to Lean’s concept of kaizen for empowering employees to reduce waste, increase value, and improve efficiency, so you may also be interested in our articles What Is Kaizen? and What Is a Kaizen Event? Plus of course we have courses on lean manufacturing.

Finally, in a bit of a coincidence, a lot of the spirit that underlies the Job Methods program and Lean’s concept of kaizen is also covered in our recent article on Motivating Workers to Innovate (And How Your Management Techniques May Be Stifling Innovation), which is based on the book Drive by Daniel Pink. So you may want to add that to the old reading list as well.

And with that said, let’s dive into our introduction to the Training Within Industry Job Method program.

(Credit where credit is due: This article and all articles in our TWI series are largely based on the EXCELLENT Shingo prize winning book Training Within Industry: The Foundation of Lean by Donald A. Dinero. As the saying goes, run don’t want to a bookstore near you to buy a copy and read the whole thing for yourself.)

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Mobile Safety Training Apps: 3 Fundamental Uses

It’s the mobile age, as everyone knows. Not that long ago Apple created the iPhone and now it seems like we do everything on our smart phones or on tablets like the iPad.

How many things do you do with your smart phone these days? Probably a lot, right?

Assuming the answer is yes, doesn’t it make sense to consider mobile safety training at work?

In this article, we explain three simple ways to use mobile safety training apps to improve your overall safety training program.

You might also want to look at our collection of mobile safety training apps on our main webpage, or our 9 Great Uses for Mobile Training Apps article.

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ANSI Z490.2–Update on National Standard for Virtual Safety Training

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Note: This article has been updated since the original publication to provide additional details.

As you may already know, I’m part of a committee creating an ANSI/ASSE national standard on “virtual” safety training (that means the same thing as “online” safety training).

I’ve been writing a little series of articles to keep you up to date on the progress of this standard and also just to provide a window into how a national standard is created (this is my first time doing it and I was curious myself).

I wrote an earlier article that explains Z490.2 is in creation and explaining some base-level details, such as what is its relation to Z490.1.

In this article, we’re going to give a little peek behind the curtain of what’s been going on since I joined the committee, at least at a high level.

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6 Steps for Creating Effective Manufacturing Training Programs

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Want to know how to design, create, and deliver effective manufacturing training programs at work? The kind of manufacturing training that truly helps workers acquire new knowledge and develop new skills they can perform on the job? The kind that will have a real, measurable effect on key business KPIs such as average time to onboard a new employee and even production, revenue, and profit?

We’ve got a pretty simple, six-step formula for success for you to follow in this article. Just put these six steps into action at your manufacturing facility and you’ll have more skilled workers before you know it. The employees will thank you for it (after all, they want to know how to perform their jobs well) and so will your bosses.

This article explains each of the six steps in a good bit of detail below. But if you really want to take a deep-dive, know that we’ve provided links throughout the article so you can explain various aspects even more.

And as if that weren’t enough, we’ve got a free guide to Effective Manufacturing Training you can download right now, or a 30-minute on-demand webinar on Effective Manufacturing training that you can watch too.

And with that, let’s see what there is to know about effective manufacturing training at work.

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