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Can you cool ‘em down?

Many materials stored at a construction job site are not flammable. However, other materials are potential fuels for a fire. Because of the deadly danger of fire, you should know how to size up a fire and how to respond in an emergency.

Choose the right extinguisher

Many types of extinguishing agents are available. Use your fire extinguisher only on fires for which it is designed and only put out fires you’ve been trained to extinguish.

First, understand the fire hazards present on your job site:

  • Are there flammable liquids?
  • Is there electrical equipment nearby?
  • Are water reactive chemicals nearby?

Next you need to ensure you know where the extinguisher is located. Be aware of what fires it can and can’t put out. If you’re not careful to use the right extinguisher, you can make things worse!

Know your best options

There are a few “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to different classes of fires, take a look below.