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Health and Safety Information Bulletin 01 - Fire Extinguishers

May 23 2019
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Portable fire extinguishers are considered the first response to tackle the fire at its initial stage

 

Location

  • Fire extinguishers should be kept near a door or exit that can be used as an escape route
  • Fire extinguishers should be located near fire hazards for which they are suitable
  • Portable extinguishers shall be installed in an accessible spot, free from blocking by storage and equipment
  • Extinguishers should be mounted not more than 1.5m above the floor and not less than 30cm from the bottom of extinguisher to the finished floor
  • The extinguisher should be easy to reach and remove and should be placed where it will not be damaged
  • Portable extinguishers shall be installed on hangers or in the brackets supplied by the manufacturer, mounted in cabinets, or placed on shelves

Training

  • Employers are required to ensure employees are trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers
  • Fire extinguishers are only to be used by informed and trained personnel
  • At least 10% of employees are to be trained on basic fire awareness, types, use and operation of fire extinguishers in emergency situations

Regular Checks and Inspections

  • Daily checks are to be performed to ensure they remain in their location appropriate to the hazard
  • Monthly checks are to be performed to ensure the presence of extinguishers are as per the hazard and that they are cleaned and returned to the hanger
  • Annual inspections are to be performed by a 3rd party

Further Information

  • Please consult the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code – Chapter 4 Fire Extinguishers for further information

 

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