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 Portable Fire Extinguishers - Type, Placement, & Inspection 

 

SPOTLIGHT

  1. PURPOSE

    Portable fire extinguishers are provided in university facilities and the following information describes the type, placement and inspection of these extinguishers.

  2. POLICY

    1. Location - Portable fire extinguishers are installed on the basis of the hazard classification, occupancy and the nature of the materials subject to fire.
    2. Type - Fires are classified into groups according to the nature of the material subject to fire. Fire extinguisher classification corresponds to these groups:
      • Class A:
        Fires consisting of ordinary combustibles, such as wood, paper, some plastics, and textiles, where a quenching and cooling action of the extinguishing agent is required.
      • Class B:
        Fires consisting of flammable liquid and gas, such as oil, gasoline, paint, acetone, and grease, where oxygen exclusion or a flame-interrupting effect of the extinguishing agent is required.
      • Class C:
        Fire involving electrical wiring and electrical equipment where dielectric nonconductivity of the extinguishing agent is required.
      • Class D:
        Fires consisting of combustible metals, such as magnesium, potassium, powdered aluminum, zinc, sodium, titanium, zirconium, and lithium, where a material specific extinguishing agent is required.
    3. Education - Be informed regarding the locations and classifications of portable fire extinguishers in your area.  If you observe portable fire extinguishers that have been tampered with, rendered nonfunctional, or are missing, a report should be made to EH&S office (2055).
    4. Inspections are as follows:
      1. Monthly  - all Residence Hall fire extinguishers are inspected on a monthly basis.
      2. Quarterly - all Administrative, Educational and Other Buildings fire extinguishers are inspected on quarterly basis.
      3. Annual - all University fire extinguishers have a set inspection date which requires that they are hydrostatically inspected by a certified service provider. These inspections range from 1 - 15 years.
    5. If you use a fire extinguisher for any reason, it must be reported to SRU Police and to EH&S Office.

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Paul M. Novak, M.P.H.

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Stores I Building – 145 Kiester Road

Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone: 724-738-2465

FAX: 724-738-4282

 

Joel T. Brown

Fire and Safety Manager

Stores I Building – 145 Kiester Road

Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone: 724-738-2466

FAX: 724-738-4282

 

 

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