If creating a safe work environment is your top priority, regular checking of your fire extinguishers for optimal operation is a must. Routine examination of your extinguishers will determine whether they need maintenance or replacement. And General Fire and Safety are experts you can depend on to make sure your fire extinguishers are ready for peak performance.
Regular monthly and annual inspection and maintenance of your fire extinguishers ensure proper operation. General Fire and Safety will come inspect your fire extinguishers at regular intervals to confirm they are ready to perform at optimal capability. These routine inspections ensure the safety of your employees, your company, and its assets.
These three questions will help you:
1. Is the fire extinguisher in the right location?
Confirm that your fire extinguisher in a visible, unobstructed place with easy, quick access.
2. Is the fire extinguisher in good condition, with legible operating instructions and tags?
Confirm the locking pin is intact and has an unbroken tamper seal. Check the fire extinguisher for corrosion, leaks or a clogged nozzle. Make sure the nameplate and instructions are legible.
3. Does the pressure gauge show the correct pressure?
Verify the pressure gauge indicates operational pressure and range.
The BullEx I.T.S.™ is a safe, easy way to provide live, hands-on training in your facility. By using it, you actually create a safer workplace faster.
Utilizing the BullEx I.T.S.™ Live-Fire Extinguisher Training System, we provide fire extinguisher education for your employees in the workplace. The training staff at General Fire and Safety are experts in this system and in training employees of all fire safety skill levels. This system provides extensive training, such as knowing different classes of fires, which extinguishers to use for them, and the proper method to use fire extinguishers.
Designed with patented flame-response technology that detects the fire extinguisher user’s technique, the system automatically changes its flames, providing a realistic, complete training experience. The sensor technology of the I.T.S. system detects how well the trainee is using the equipment. The system senses the user’s aim and angle of sweeping motion, properly training them in the PASS method (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) of fire extinguishing. Four sensors on the I.T.S. unit detect the release of compressed air and water from the extinguisher, and the unit’s control system automatically varies the flames in response to the user’s technique.
Because extinguishers in the I.T.S. system use available air and water instead of dry chemicals or costly CO2, training costs stay down and allows multiple employees to safely train in a clean environment. Plus, it eliminates the need for regular discharging and recharging cycles needed for dry chemical and CO2 fire extinguishers. Extinguishers using chemicals or carbon dioxide also have a limited number of uses before they need to be replaced. There’s no limit to how often the training extinguishers can be expelled, resulting in cost savings and efficiency, as several employees can be trained in a single day.
Four Elements of Fire
In order for a fire to start four elements must be present. Heat raises the materials to ignition temperature. Fuel supports the combustion. Oxygen sustains the fire. A chemical reaction needs to occur between the heat, fuel and oxygen in order to ignite and maintain the fire. Separation of one of these elements works to both prevent and extinguish fires.
Different Classes of Fire
Not all fires are the same. Generally, the type of fuel changes the classification of fire. With proper training, you’ll learn the difference between Class A, B and C fires. You’ll also learn the four difficulty levels, and the extinguishing methods and extinguisher types in order to properly put them out.
Proper Fire Extinguishing Technique
When we train your staff, we teach proper extinguishing technique. Aiming for the base of the fire is critical. The BullEx I.T.S.™ senses the aim of trainees. An aim that’s too high or low will cause one side of the fire to diminish while the other side grows. This guides and teaches each trainee the proper extinguishing technique using the PASS method. Plus, the I.T.S. display shows the status of the system, if the fire has been extinguished and how long the trainee took to put the fire out. If the trainee fails to extinguish flames, simply release the ignition button to put the fire out. The ignition button can also increase flames to further challenge trainees.
A Safe, Realistic Training Environment
Proper training of employees in fire safety needs to recreate a viable, accurate fire scenario while still maintaining a safe environment for everyone involved. The BullEx I.T.S.™ Live-Fire Extinguisher Training System features an emergency shut-off switch to immediately extinguish flames if needed, and propane tilt-sensors that shuts off fuel supply if the unit is bumped or set up improperly.
Keeping your employees, buildings, and assets safe with our hands-on fire extinguisher training protects your business and lowers your insurance risk. Increasing safety and lowering fire risk not only is a good decision for protection, it’s a good business decision.
General Fire & Safety Equipment Co. appreciates your interest in our Fire Extinguisher Demonstration Program. This program gives your employees confidence in fighting fires and a better understanding of fire safety, plus meets OSHA extinguisher training requirements.
Our training entails the following items:
- The latest innovation in water-based training called the Bullex Live Fire Extinguisher Training System – all with no powdery mess!
- Licensed, expert service representatives trained in fire demonstration
- 10 lb. Fire Extinguishers – One extinguisher for every two to three individuals
- Propane-fueled fire with electronic controls that provide a live control burn, complete with instant re-ignition and safety auto turn-off
- Analyzation and scoring of trainees’ technique and efficiency
Each class usually takes 20-30 minutes with our licensed service rep training up to 30 individuals. The first topic presented is the specifics of fire extinguisher safety. The representative will then allow your employees to extinguish fires, using one extinguisher for every two to three individuals that are being trained.
We have trained hundreds of employees and would like to serve your needs as well. Appointments are being filled quickly, so we look forward to hearing from you soon.
General Fire and Safety’s Fire Extinguisher Training classes are designed for employees and employers alike to become knowledgeable and confident using a fire extinguisher in case of a fire. Classes include:
- Actual hands-on experience allowing employees to participate in real-world fire scenarios using valuable equipment
- Classroom instruction of fire extinguisher use and up-to-date informative literature
- Knowledge of steps to take when a fire is discovered
- Certificate of completion