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Fire Safety

Monthly Fire Extinguisher Checks:

Monthly inspection of fire extinguishers shall be executed by the Building Safety Officer (BSO) of each building. They should check the following items:

  • Location in designated place
  • No obstruction to access or visibility
  • Operating instructions on nameplate legible and facing outward
  • Safety seals and tampers indicators not broken or missing
  • Fullness determined by weighing or "lifting"
  • Examination for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle
  • Pressure gauge reading or indicator in the operable range or position
  • HMIS label in place, initial and date the inspection card found on each fire extinguisher  

Verification of monthly checks are to be either emailed to the EHS Office or recorded on the current shared Google Doc which all BSOs should have access to. Contact EHS if you wish to have access to this document.

When an inspection of any fire estinguisher reveals a deficiency, EHS should be contacted and immediate corrective action will be taken.

Classifications of Fires:

  • Class A Fires - Fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber andmany plastics.
  • Class B Fires - Fires in flammable liquids, combustible liquids, petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil based paints, solvents, lacquers, alcohols and flammable gases.
  • Class C Fires - Fires that involve energized electrical equipment.
  • Class D Fires - Fires in combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium,lithium and potassium.
  • Class K Fires - Fires in cooking appliances that involve combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal oils).