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In the modern workplace, any unsuspecting employee, acting in good faith when coming across a fire, might reach and grab the nearest fire extinguisher from its fire point, aim the unit at the fire and press the trigger thinking they are dealing with the issue, whereas the reality is that they may actually be making matters a great deal worse for themselves and their colleagues.
Andrew Doyle Safety Consultants Limited (ADSC) provides fire extinguisher training courses for small, medium and large businesses and organisations on a nationwide basis throughout Ireland
Our Fire Extinguisher Training Course is approximately 2 hours in duration and provides basic awareness in terms of fire safety along with practical training including discharge of fire extinguishers. The course tutors are highly experienced fire training personnel with many years of service in the industry and are all members of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).
In today's complex environment, even fire, believe it or not, is divided up into 5 different and distinct classifications. These are: Class A - fires involving solid materials such as wood, paper or textiles, Class B - fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel or oils, Class C - fires involving gases, Class D - fires involving metals, Class E - fires involving live electrical apparatus and Class F - fires involving cooking oils such as in deep-fat fryers, common throughout the catering industry.
And because if the different types of fires, there needs to be different types of extinguishers. Currently there are 5 different types of fire extinguishers to assist in dealing with the different types of fires and it is critical that your staff are trained to deal with each type.
Water fire extinguishers are used to deal with most Class A type fires. These extinguishers are usually red in colour and are used when dealing with fires made up of such contents Wood, paper fabric and tyres.
Foam spray fire extinguishers are used in dealing with both Class A and Class B fires. They have a have a cream label. However, they are not appropriate for dealing with unrestrained liquid fires
Dry powder fire extinguishers can be used on Class A, B and C fires and can be used on electrical equipment. Dry Powder extinguishers have a blue label. However, they come with some drawbacks - namely they reduce, visibility, don't cool the fire leading to the possibility of reignition. Generally, they are not recommended for indoor use - unless there is no alternative.
Carbon Dioxide fire extinguishers work very effectively on electrical and flammable liquid fires. They have a black label and users need to be aware that the carbon dioxide released will replace the oxygen in the area where the fire is being tackled.
Wet chemical fire extinguishers have a yellow label and are suitable for use on Class F fires - those fires dealing with cooking oils and fats. They can also be used on Class A and Class B fires.
This is indeed a complicated arena and proper training is essential. Please note that up to 12 employees can attend each Fire Extinguisher Training Course. Each person who successfully completes our Fire Extinguisher Training programme will receive a certificate valid for 3 years We would welcome the opportunity to submit a proposal concerning your fire training requirements.
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